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A New Status of the Giant Oak

19.04.2012

Within the frames of the all-Russian program “The Trees, Living Nature Memorials”, in the spring of 2011, the Giant Oak of Vyoshenskaya was given a status of an all-Russian rarity. The program provides for the state protection of the natural memorial and sanitary-recovering measures for rehabilitation and maintaining the tree in a proper condition.

The mission of the program “The Trees, Living Nature Memorials” is to make up a register of “historic” trees of Russia, make their names public and provide safe keeping and protection for rare trees. To become a recognized natural memorial a tree must be old aged, bear a relation to real historic events, to fragments of life or creative work of a certain historic figure, or it must grow in a meaningful place of the area as a piece of its decoration.

The certification committee on acknowledging a tree a tree as “a memorial of living nature”, which included leading professionals and scientists of Russia, have considered more than 160 applications, of which 19 trees-rarities were selected with the natural memorial “Giant Oak” of Vyoshenskaya including.

This April, an expert of the Tree Expertise Centre “Healthy Forest” Antsiferov Alexei Viktorovich made an instrumental examination of the tree patriarch to determine an approximate age and the present condition of the tree. Besides, the tree-rarity opening ceremony is going to be held joined by the members of the expert committee of the program “The Trees, Living Nature Memorials”, regional and local authorities.

Yana Korobova