Beaufort County oak is SC's 2013 Heritage Tree

      BURTON, S.C. (AP) - An oak tree estimated to be as many as 400 years old has been designated South Carolina's Heritage Tree for 2013.

      The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports the honor went to the Cherry Hill live oak in Burton. The award was presented Tuesday by Trees SC, a nonprofit group that works to preserve South Carolina's urban and neighborhood forests.

      The tree is on a 10-acre site owned by an Augusta, Ga., company. Development plans for the area have not been mapped out, but the owners say the tree will be protected.

      Trees SC director Karen Hauck says the award recognizes remarkable trees and is designed to help people recognize the benefits of trees.


      Information from: The Island Packet,

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