State record pin oak tree dies
A state record pin oak tree which had been growing for many years along Lincoln Street in Anna has been cut down.
The tree died. Last year, only one limb on the nearly 100-foot-tall tree appeared to still be alive. The tree was reported to have been falling apart and was a concern to the people in the area.
The age of the pin oak was uncertain.
The City of Anna had the tree cut down. The tree was seen as a potential liability for the city. The cost to cut down the tree was $18,156, which was a bid submitted by Oil Field Tree Service of West Frankfort.
Work to cut down the tree began early last week and was expected to take several days to complete.
The tree was growing at 111 Lincoln Street in front of the Mike Brown family home.
A listing in the Illinois Big Tree Register in 2013 listed the Anna pin oak as number 8 among the top 10 champion trees in the state.
Information available on the register’s website showed that as of Oct. 31, 2013, the Anna pin oak was 99 feet tall and had a 98-foot spread.
The website noted that the Illinois Big Tree Register “was established in 1962 as a citizen outreach program in order to discover, record, recognize, and appreciate the largest native tree species here in the Prairie State.”