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Historic tree to be torn down on LSU's campus

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Posted: Aug 8, 2011 12:23 PM
Updated: Aug 8, 2011 12:23 PM
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BATON ROUGE- An historical live oak tree on LSU's campus will be torn down this week, after it was damaged by lightning.

The Steele Burden Live Oak near LSU's natatorium was struck by lightning in May 2010, and died despite arborists' efforts.

"We did everything we could to save it, but the intensity of this lightning strike was too much for the tree to recover from," said Fred Fellner, assistant director of landscape services at the LSU Office of Facility Services.

LSU's campus is home to more than 1,200 live oak trees.

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