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Landmark Sitka spruce succumbs to high winds

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After surviving 700 years of storms, the nation's largest Sitka spruce, just outside of Seaside, snapped in half high above the ground. 071202_sitka_snaps.jpg



Storm snaps world's tallest Sitka spruce

Associated Press - December 3, 2007 1:05 AM ET

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) - The world's tallest Sitka spruce near Seaside survived 700 years of storms and a threat from chain saws, but it wasn't up to today's powerful winds.

The roadside attraction in Kloochy Creek County Park snapped in half, high above the ground.

KATU-TV reports that the spruce was badly damaged during a windstorm last year and officials had pondered cutting it down for safety reasons, but decided to let nature have it's way.

Yesterday, nature did.

The 200-foot-tall tree, which was a sapling at the time of the Crusades, drew about 100,000 visitors a year.

Clatsop county kept visitors in the last year a safe distance from the forest giant.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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