Wye Oak Descendants Available To The Public
PRESTON -- DNRís John S. Ayton Tree Nursery has descendants of the Wye Oak on sale for spring delivery. Grown from the acorns of what was formerly Marylandís state tree, these mature seedlings make perfect gifts for Christmas.
Each seedling will be shipped with a certificate of authenticity and a history of Marylandís Wye Oak. The tree, felled by a thunderstorm on June 6, 2002, and estimated to have been 460 years old, was the largest white oak in the nation and possibly the world. Gift cards will be sent to notify recipients that seedlings will arrive in March and April of 2005.
Each seedling is 2 years old, stands at least 15 inches tall, and costs $25. Call the Ayton Nursery at 1-800-873-3763 to order.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to Maryland citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 435,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, as well as Maryland's wildlife and fishery species for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, the department manages natural, historic and cultural resources that attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov