Save Our 500 year old Live Oak Tree on High St. in Comfort, TX

Save Our 500 year old Live Oak Tree on High St. in Comfort, TX

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Mary Anne Anderson started this petition to Bandera Electric Co-op

We are trying to save a heritage live oak tree on an easement in front of our property on High St in Comfort, TX from being further damaged due to aggressive over-trimming by Bandera Electric Cooperative. An arborist told us ithe tree is 450 to 500 years old and is in a weakened state due to severe “delimbing” by BEC. Historically, every two or three years BEC has cut out the center of the tree to the trunk leaving the tree unbalanced and open to the weather at its heart. With some special care the tree has recovered fairly well despite the drought. Recently, BEC showed up early one morning without notice to gut the tree again. We stopped them with a request to research other options and consider the historical value of this tree. Many people have told us their memories of this Live Oak, including sitting under it at parades and even a fiddler sitting on a branch to play for gatherings in the old days. The BEC field person called today to say there are no other options and they would be out this week to cut the tree. From outside sources, we have learned about options used in other towns in similar situations where the lines were raised or rerouted to save a tree. We understand this issue has been raised at the highest level of BEC but there seems to be little interest in saving the tree. I am starting this petition to inform Bandera Electric Cooperative that as stewards of this earth, we want to preserve all trees  and especially one of historical significance such as this. 

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