Lafayette

Jan 28, 2011 3:44 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Activists Plan Meeting This Weekend to Save Youngsville Oak Tree

Guardian of the Oaks and TreesAcadiana will meet at the oak tree in Youngsville Sunday, January 30, at 2 p.m. to field questions, take suggestions for naming the 250-year-old oak tree for registry into The Live Oak Society and to accept any donations toward the move.

The oak is in the path of a construction project - eight years in the making - a roundabout will be located at Highway's 89 and 92 in Youngsville. Unless the organizations raise enough money to move and save the tree, it'll have to be removed to build a round-a-bout. Spokesperson Sarah Schoefler said, "At this point, cost wise, the price hovers around $250,000. Gathering that much in donations seems daunting, but a closer look at the numbers makes it not so discouraging."

Meeting orgnaizers say the tree would be welcome at the Hub City Riders Arena, a public property commonly referred to as the "horse arena" on Hwy 92. Schoefler says, "It clocks in at exactly a half-mile from the tree's current location and nearly a straight shot from where the Youngville oak grows currently."

The activists say any gift would be tax deductible and any funds given will still be used to plant trees. It's a no-loss opportunity to make a difference, but time is of the essence when it comes to the Youngsville oak.

TreesAcadiana can receive donations online with credit cards or paypal accounts at www.TreesAcadiana.org or by checks mailed to TreesAcadiana, Box 51467, Lafayette, LA 70505. Messages can also be sent regarding your donation through the email option on their website. More information is now available at Save the Youngsville oak on Facebook.com.

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