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Dubber's Oak is squared away

July 27, 2007

Dougherty County --  One of South Georgia's most celebrated trees got a health check up this week.

Dubber's Oak, the huge stately oak tree at the front entrance to the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, got a pruning and landscape make over this week.

The nearly 200 year old Live Oak was the keystone used to lay out the Marine Base more than 50 years ago. Colonel A. E. Dubber used the oak tree as the landmark to align the entire base structure, and it was dedicated to his memory, with a plaque marking the spot.

Ronnie Gay trimmed the tree's canopy, and gave it a health inspection, finding it in good shape. "Under normal conditions, this tree should last 75 or 80 more years, if it's taken care of and looked after properly," Gay said.

And the Marine Base does take care of it's beautiful landmark. The tree has support cables in it to protect it from wind damage, and a ground system to protect it from lightning.

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