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LSU Alexandria live oak to be dedicated

Released: 01/14/2005

To commemorate Louisiana Arbor Day, a ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, to dedicate and name one of LSU Alexandria’s largest and oldest live oak trees. Louisiana Arbor Day will be celebrated on Friday.

The dedication is part of the university’s comprehensive plan to preserve its existing trees and plant new live oaks on the campus off U.S. Highway 71 near Alexandria.

The live oak is an integral part of the LSU Alexandria campus history and is featured in the university’s official logo. The largest oaks on the campus were originally part of Oakland Plantation and are estimated to date back 250 years.

The live oak that will be dedicated on Wednesday measures more than18 feet in circumference and can be seen from the highway in front of Chambers Hall. It will be named “The Mulder Oak at LSUA” after LSUA Foundation charter members Howard and Eloise Mulder of Lecompte.