The Big Tree http://kbia.org en Why arborists are providing TLC for the 'Big Tree' http://kbia.org/post/why-arborists-are-providing-tlc-big-tree <p>Arborists and tree lovers from across Missouri joined together Tuesday to care for the famous "Big Tree," just South of Columbia, a Bur Oak that is hundreds of years old- and starting to show its age.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:17:59 +0000 Kate Grumke 42558 at http://kbia.org Why arborists are providing TLC for the 'Big Tree' 'Big Tree' struggles during drought; Web doc explores reinvention http://kbia.org/post/big-tree-struggles-during-drought-web-doc-explores-reinvention <p></p><p>Before the American Revolution, before the Civil War, before Lewis and Clark came through here, a huge tree has been standing in central Missouri, growing to 90-feet tall. The beloved bur oak – which everybody calls "The Big Tree" -- has survived floods, lightning strikes and all kinds of punishments during her 350 years on the prairie. But, as Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe reports, last year’s record drought was especially hard on the Big Tree.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:01:21 +0000 Kristofor Husted 31834 at http://kbia.org 'Big Tree' struggles during drought; Web doc explores reinvention The 'Big Tree' beckons http://kbia.org/post/big-tree-beckons <p></p><p>The first day of spring doesn’t feel that way as John Sam Williamson and Chris Starbuck meet up on a county road outside Columbia, Mo.</p><p>Temperatures are below freezing and a cold wind is whipping along the flat land here on the Missouri River bottoms. Williamson, a farmer whose family has owned this land for six generations, tugs at the bill of his John Deere cap and <a href="http://plantsci.missouri.edu/faculty/starbuck.cfm">Starbuck</a>, a retired University of Missouri plant scientist, pulls his Arborist Society stocking cap further down over his ears.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:47:01 +0000 Peggy Lowe 31832 at http://kbia.org The 'Big Tree' beckons