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City to discuss Birthing Tree
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McMinnville officials will be discussing maintenance of the Birthing Tree on Tuesday night. The local landmark has sustained more damage due to recent rainfall.
The measure will be before Building and Grounds Committee members Aldermen Ben Newman, chairman, Rick Barnes and Ken Smith at 6 p.m.
More limbs on the Birthing Tree were damaged after recent rains, with one large limb snapping and another smaller limb completely broken off, according to city landscape manager Hank Patton.
“We’ve had so much rain we think the limbs got heavy and broke,” Patton said. “Some of those limbs are the size of trees themselves.”
The city of McMinnville is in charge of mowing and maintaining the area around the Birthing Tree. While an exact age of the tree is not know, it’s been estimated between 200 and 400 years old.
In 2009, after a storm, the tree lost four limbs. A local group, named McMinnville Heritage Preservation, stepped up to pay the $7,900 needed for experts to access the tree and perform stabilization work to try to prevent further damage.