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Oak Tree Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks, has sponsored a fundraising effort that supports post-fire rebuilding of Santiago Oaks, a county park. Efforts include rebuilding trails and amenities and pays tribute to the coastal live oak that was considered one of the oldest trees in Orange County (shown right).

The tree was severely damaged during the March 2007 fire that devastated the Park. With little trunk support for its massive branches, it had to be cut down to ensure that it would not topple onto park visitors.

Chase Lyall of Boy Scout Troop 543 took on the historic site as an Eagle Scout project. He restored the area where the tree once stood and designed a marker to honor it.

"Once named the oldest tree in OC, this coastal live oak was over 250 years old,” it says. “It spanned over 100 feet and provided shade and food for the Gabrieleno Indians. Sadly it perished in the Windy Ridge Fire on March 11, 2007.”

Santiago Oaks Park provides recreational opportunities for families, school groups, seniors, hikers, birders, runners, mountain bikers, equestrians and nature lovers. Many of them volunteered to assist park rangers with clean up and trail patrols after the fire.

Contact Volunteers for the Santiago Oaks recovery effort




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