Tree physiologist Tom Kimmerer notices a bur oak seedling that has grown up around what he calls the Schoolhouse Oak, which he thinks is 400 to 500 years old. Ball Homes hired Kimmerer to develop a conservation plan for the tree as part of their plan to develop surrounding property into a subdivison. The old tree dominates the skyline at Military Pike and Harrodsburg Road. Photo by Tom Eblen | teblen@herald-leader.com

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