Mobilizing To Preserve The Wye Oak
Moving aggressively to save a part of Maryland’s history for future generations, Governor Parris N. Glendening today
announced a coordinated effort to salvage and preserve what remains of the State’s beloved Wye
Oak Tree. The 460-year old tree was brought down during severe storms the evening of June 6, 2002. The Maryand
Departments of Natural Resources (DNR), Transportation (MDOT), General Services (DGS), and Agriculture (MDA) were on the scene
in Talbot County collecting bud wood to attempt to clone the tree, and collecting leaves, stems and wood to preserve and find an
appropriate use to match the Wye Oak’s historic value to the State.
A technician sorting, pruning and collecting leaves and wood buds. By preserving the Wye Oak branches with buds we may be able to clone genetically identical trees.
The yellow lines highlight the two to three miles of cable
used to support the Wye Oak’s massive tree branches.
The tree was carefully cut into sections and transported by trailer to a storage facility
where all the parts will be saved until it is determined what will be done with the resources.
Last updated on November 20, 2003