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News - February 24, 2012

Around the block

COMMEMORATING GEORGE ... George, the beloved centuries-old Cowper oak, has been cut down after city officials and a consulting arborist determined it was a hazard. The tree had a hollow core large enough to seat a full-grown man inside. But residents and city officials are looking for ways to preserve the tree's legacy. A working group of residents and staff are studying having pieces of George repurposed into benches and other objects for the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo and other locales. The hollow stump might be added to the popular tree-stump garden that already exists at the museum, according to city Planning Arborist Dave Dockter. A memorial is also planned that would include a preserved cross section of the tree, with 12 rings marked with noteworthy events that occurred during George's lifetime.

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