Magazine article American Forests

120-Year-Old Live Oak Spared

Magazine article American Forests

120-Year-Old Live Oak Spared

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"I am amazed to see the number of people who will stand up for a tree," said Kelli Peltier, neighbor to an ancient live oak standing alongside state highway 90 (the Old Spanish Trail) near New Iberia, Louisiana. New Iberia, situated along Bayou Teche, is known locally as the City of Live Oaks. That's because it's home to dozens of 100-plus-year-old oaks registered with the Live Oak Society, an organization dedicated to preserving southern live oak trees.

The oak near Peltier's home, named "Mr. Al" after her grandfather, has a circumference of 20 feet 7 inches, a canopy spread of 104 feet, and is estimated to be 120 to 150 years old. When she learned the oak was slated for removal by the state Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) as part of a road construction project, she began a search for help.

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She found it through Susan Hester Edmunds and several other willing members of The Optimist Club as well as a variety of private citizens and conservation groups in and around New Iberia. …

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