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Lake Meredith’s “Big Tree” has fallen

October 21, 2011

Lake Meredith’s “Big Tree” was officially cut down by the Southern Plains Fire Group on Monday due to years of vandalism and repeated fires.

The Lake Meredith National Recreations Area’s well-known “Big Tree” has fallen.
Due to the years of vandalism and repeated fires, the cottonwood tree was severely damaged, hollow, and unstable.
On Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, Southern Plains Fire Group, the wildland fire crew stationed at Lake Meredith, removed the tree for the safety of citizens using the Blue Creek off-road area. Superintendent Cindy Ott-Jones said, “It was a magnificent tree, enjoyed by countless families and children. It’s tragic that the actions of these vandals over the years have led to demise of this natural wonder.”
It is important to keep landmarks preserved and help keep away vandalism. This tree had to be removed due to such acts, as well as to make the recreation area safe for families in its vicinities. The slightest gust of wind could have resulted in serious injuries or even death to those around it.

Comments

Another Borger landmark, gone..

October 23, 2011 by johnrod (not verified), 3 years 8 weeks ago
Comment: 780

very sad...

A lot of memories at Big Tree

October 31, 2011 by Raegn (not verified), 3 years 6 weeks ago
Comment: 794

John I was just about to send this to you and Jerry when I saw your comment. So sad! But the last time I was there, it was covered with soot from people building fires in it and the trash was so ridiculous we had to go get trashbags and come back & that didn't put a dent in the the garbage people had left behind. We can't have anything nice! Because people don't appreciate it.

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