SHERBURNE – Historic beauty gave way to futuristic functionality, according to an area businessman, when an ancient and rare Burr Oak was felled last week on the Sherburne-Earlville schools’ campus.
The large tree came down to make way for a new, geothermal heating and cooling system that is being installed for the schools as part of the district’s capital building project. The board of education approved the contractor’s bid just two weeks ago.
Doug Clark of Heartwood Forest Products estimated the tree’s age to be between 175 and 185 years old. The Burr oak, a member of the white oak family, is not indigenous to the area and was most likely brought to Sherburne by a second generation farm family, he said. It was 5 feet in diameter.