The largest tree in the town of Hillsborough was uprooted by Hurricane Florence, but the town isn't letting it go to waste. Instead, the wood is being donated to the Hillsborough Arts Council.
The Southern red oak fell across Calvin Street and caused power outages in downtown Hillsborough on Sept. 14.
“Instead of simply removing the tree and discarding the wood, the town wanted to find a way to distribute the useable material to students and artists in hopes that the life of this significant tree can live on in projects and artworks," Stephanie Trueblood, Hillsborough public space manager, said in a press release.
The tree had a trunk circumference of 27 feet and was estimated to be over 200 years old. It was one of the first trees that was recognized by the Hillsborough Tree Board’s Treasure Trees Program, which gives recognition to the preservation of significant trees in the local area.
The town was legally required to auction it or donate it to a government agency or nonprofit, despite numerous inquires from town citizens for the wood.