In this July 2, 2018 photo, Tom McQuaide, admires the colossal sized tree he discovered while marking trees to harvest on property in Bell Township, Pa. The Red Oak tree is expected to be roughly 400 years old and will not be included in the harvest. (Louis B. Ruediger/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP)

Big tree found near farm may be among Pennsylvania's largest

July 05, 2018 - 12:41 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A forester in Pennsylvania says he's discovered a massive red oak tree that may be one of the state's biggest trees.

Pennsylvania Forest Management's Tom McQuaide is in the process of submitting the tree's measurements for inclusion in the Champion Trees of Pennsylvania, a registry of the state's largest trees.

McQuaide says the red oak has a circumference of about 26 feet (8 meters) and a height of about 120 feet (37 meters). Officials say the tree could be 400 years old.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports it was discovered near a Bell Township farm outside of Pittsburgh.

The largest recorded red oak in the state is in Delaware County and is 145 feet (44 meters) tall.

McQuaide says he and the property owner agreed to let the tree continue standing as a monument.

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Information from: Tribune-Review, http://triblive.com

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