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Arlington's Oldest Tree No Match for Derecho

Crews cut it down Monday for safety reasons



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    A historic oak tree on North 11th Street in Arlington was in the neighborhood for centuries, but crews cut it down Monday.

    County officials say damage from the June 29 storms made it unsafe for residents.

    The 93-foot-tall Post Oak dated back to the mid-1700s, and officials believe it was the county's oldest tree. It's also a Virginia State Champion, and one of the first in the county to be designated for special protection.

    The Department of Parks and Recreation will use parts of it for mulch, and hope to preserve the rest.