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*Take Action* STOP the STATE of TEXAS From Destroying 500 Year Old Live Oak Tree and Forest!!


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Kit
- 1614 days ago - thepetitionsite.com
There is a tree located in a small town called Snook in Texas (pop. ~515) certified by an arborist to be around 500 years old. The grand tree is one of several live oak trees the arborist has measured to be 200-300 years old and is noted[....] SIGN!!!



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Kit B (276)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 1:42 pm

Please Sign and Share this petition ---


STOP the STATE of TEXAS from Destroying 500 Year Old Live Oak Tree and Forest!!


There is a tree located in a small town called Snook in Texas (pop. ~515) certified by an arborist to be around 500 years old. The grand tree is one of several live oak trees the arborist has measured to be 200-300 years old and is noted to be one of the few true Live Oak Forests in this area. My family has owned the property close to 150 years which the State of Texas recognized and entered into the Texas Family Land Heritage program. The grand oak has a trunk that measures around 25 feet in circumference. Its limbs extend somewhere around 100 feet. They have survived numerous severe droughts, floods hurricanes, lighting storms, you name it and they have beat it. Ponder for a few minutes about the history that has passed these trees by, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, Coronado searched for gold, Jamestown was settled, John Hancock signed his name, Lewis and Clark walked to Portland, Hugh Glass fought a Bear, Bowie used his knife in a Church, Booth did the unthinkable, yes it just goes on and on till 2014.

Sadly, after centuries of struggling to survive, watching history unfold, these beautiful old trees have become the target of the State of Texas through her Department of Transportation. They have determined, through all their exceptional wisdom that it is their duty to serve and protect the public by choosing to destroy these beautiful specimens of god’s ability to create a lasting beauty, which now has proven they can only to be destroyed by simple man.

TxDot is going to take five of these wonderful pieces of history down so they can build a new road through the Community of Snook, Texas. They could have simply moved their conquest less than 40 feet into an area of only scrub growth and saved these magnificent topiary beauties. Yet without any reasonable consideration as to what these giants have endured for up to maybe 600 years, what they mean to the people around them, what they mean to the land, soil, air, human life and wildlife, what they could signify to the citizens of Texas, the engineers and designers for the Texas road system decided it is not possible to move their self imposed boundary those few feet.

We have just found out from a very reliable source, that even though we prevailed at the first hearing, the assistant Attorney General appealed that decision and now they intend to take the land through the State's Eminent Domain law. The five trees have been SENTENCED to DEATH, marked with paint when in fact they could be saved which would benefit life on this earth more than a brand new big fast road through a small rural farming community. Is this another form of the bullying method or abusive dictatorship the law allows? The necessity and path of the new big and fast roadway has been questioned by the local landowners from the beginning and met with a lot of political dancing around a straight answer. Did you know that the Castle Coalition gave Texas a B- when it comes to property owners' protection against eminent domain? Why is that? http://www.condemnation-law.com/main/property-rights/texas-property-rights. This is right on point as the selling point from the asst AG to promote this project... economic development! B>>>S>>>!

Would you kill a giant sequioa or a redwood or take a highway through Muirwood just because it was more convenient? NO!!!!


STOP THEM NOW IN THEIR TRACKS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.

Please sign and help save these trees.

Thank you!

 

Pat B (356)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 1:43 pm
Definitely signed, Thanks, Kit (and Phyllis) for this.
 

Barbara K (62)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 1:56 pm
Signed it this morning, thank you, my friend.
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 2:02 pm
Signed #9876. Noted. Thanks, Kit.
 

JL A (281)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 2:04 pm
s&n
 

Carrie B (306)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 2:48 pm
Already signed.
 

. (0)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 2:59 pm
petiotion signed
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 2:59 pm
#11,345-thx Kit
 

Arielle S (313)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 3:03 pm
#11,426. We has a similar situation in Florida....cut down the historic oak for a bloody Sidewalk! There were protests and meetings scheduled for Monday. During the night on Saturday, the tree was cut down. Be aware...anyone who would destroy a magnificent tree would also be sneaky and rotten.
 

Evelyn B (79)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 3:07 pm
Noted and Signed Tks. Kit....
 

Terry King (113)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 3:07 pm
Done... You had me at "Stop the state of Texas!"
 

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 3:37 pm
Noted and signed. TY Kit
 

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 3:55 pm
Signed Kit and I will share this
 

Solitary Eagle (324)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 4:21 pm
Previously signed. Shared again. Thanks, Kit.
 

Michela M (3964)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 4:24 pm
S&N
 

Robert B (60)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 4:50 pm
Signed!!! Seems like a lot of pencil pushing bureaucrats can't think their way out a damn paper bag when it comes to simple solutions to important problems.
 

Mandi T (367)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 5:21 pm
A/S
 

Mike S (86)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 5:47 pm
SS&N. Thank you Kit.
 

Gary L (138)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 5:49 pm
noted and I already signed thanks kit
 

Mike H (252)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 5:55 pm

thank you
for signing:
STOP the STATE of TEXAS from Destroying 500 Year Old Live Oak Tree and Forest
 

Ondine J (134)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 5:55 pm
Noted and gladly signed, thanks Kit
 

paula eaton (30)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 6:00 pm
Thanks Kit. Seems like all politicians know is death and destruction. Let's hope they listen, but it is doubtful.
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 6:02 pm

When I first saw this I thought it was the old live oak on Goose Island, known to be approximately one thousand years old. I think Austin would have seen a convergence on the capitol like they couldn't imagine in their worst night mare. This petition is growing fast and I hope will reach numbers that will force those in Austin to back off and rethink their position.
 

Jo S (619)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 6:07 pm
Signed, shared & noted.
Please save our old beautiful trees!
Thanks Kit.
 

James Howie (168)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 6:32 pm
Done and will share
 

Teresa García (40)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 6:38 pm
Done! :)
 

Jordan G (37)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 6:52 pm
Signed, shared & noted.
 

Monica D (580)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 6:52 pm
Signed.
 

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 6:55 pm
signed and noted thanks
 

Jim Phillips (3257)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 7:25 pm
Petition signed.

Texas Family Land Heritage program should over-rule the State's Eminent Domain law. The towns people of Snook want the road to go around these magnificent 500 Year Old Live Oak Tree and Forest. The Texas DOT certainly can go around the tress by just simply moving a few feet over on unused land.

ty, Kit.
.
 

Sarah Baker (61)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 7:56 pm
Signed and noted!
 

Daniel Partlow (179)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 8:21 pm
S&N
 

Jaime C (466)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 8:33 pm
Noted, Signed, Tweeted..... Thanks
 

Rachael Moore (55)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 8:40 pm
Previously Signed Feb 5th ~ Thank you very much Kit.
 

Esther Z (94)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 8:43 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Kit.
 

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 9:02 pm
Signed shared on facebook and twitters
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 9:08 pm
sallergic to oak pollen as I am, that is no excuse for wanton destruction. Signed of course. This is our heritage.
 

Elisabeth Ji (50)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 9:16 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you.
 

Mary R (280)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 10:28 pm
noted and signed
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 10:54 pm
noted and signed
 

Susanne R (235)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 10:55 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks, Kit!
 

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 11:06 pm
S+N
 

Sherri G (128)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 11:46 pm
Signed and Noted TY Kit
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 11:53 pm
a/s
Thanks Kit
 

Robert O (12)
Monday February 17, 2014, 12:19 am
Signed. Thanks Kit.
 

Elisa F (235)
Monday February 17, 2014, 12:31 am
#18,809 S&N. Thanks, Kit. Save the Forests & Plant More Trees!!!
 

roman Klevets (1)
Monday February 17, 2014, 12:32 am
Signed
 

Giana Peranio - Paz (398)
Monday February 17, 2014, 12:37 am
So signed, why do they want to murder anything wonderful, old and gorgeous standing in their way? Thanks Kit, hope this helps prevent this horrible destruction!
 

Kerrie G (116)
Monday February 17, 2014, 1:25 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 1:50 am
S;TY
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 1:51 am
Done.
 

Maria S (95)
Monday February 17, 2014, 1:52 am
Noted & signed #19,084! Thanks Kit!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 2:24 am
a/s...beautiful old tree, imagine all it has seen....
 

Inge B (202)
Monday February 17, 2014, 2:26 am
Signed

Love
 

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Monday February 17, 2014, 3:15 am
Signed # 19,442 & Thank you Kit
 

Frances Darcy (124)
Monday February 17, 2014, 3:35 am
done
 

Sylvie A (194)
Monday February 17, 2014, 3:50 am
Notée, signée, partagée. Merci.
 

Victoria Pohrebna (279)
Monday February 17, 2014, 4:31 am
Victoria, you took action on February 17, 2014.
 

Gabriele Jefferson (147)
Monday February 17, 2014, 4:38 am
noted, signed, shared on fb & twitter
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Monday February 17, 2014, 4:47 am
signed
 

Kerstin Strobl (371)
Monday February 17, 2014, 4:50 am
signed
 

Alexandra G (250)
Monday February 17, 2014, 5:03 am
noted and gladly signed, thanks
 

Aileen P (38)
Monday February 17, 2014, 6:12 am
AILEEN,
YOU TOOK ACTION ON FEBRUARY 07, 2014
 

pam w (139)
Monday February 17, 2014, 6:51 am
done...thanks.
 

ERIKA S (87)
Monday February 17, 2014, 6:54 am
signed + noted
 

Gene J (290)
Monday February 17, 2014, 7:11 am
S&N. It is a crying shame that decades later Joni Mitchell's song, Pave Paradise, has not yet been heard by so many people. Who really, really need to listen closely to it.
 

Sonali G (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 7:17 am
signed thanks
 

Emma S (239)
Monday February 17, 2014, 8:47 am
Signed! Thanks, Kit.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 8:49 am
N&S.Thank you Kit.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 9:39 am
Noted and signed ~ Thank you Kit!
 

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Monday February 17, 2014, 9:48 am
Willingly signed and noted.
 

Arielle S (313)
Monday February 17, 2014, 9:59 am
Some of the lyrics from that Joni Mitchell song - a song for these times, it is!

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel *, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put 'em in a tree museum *
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away that DDT * now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
 

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday February 17, 2014, 11:12 am
TERRIE, YOU TOOK ACTION ON FEBRUARY 17, 2014 SSN
 

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday February 17, 2014, 11:17 am
ABDESSALAM,
YOU TOOK ACTION ON FEBRUARY 17, 2014
 

Tierney G (381)
Monday February 17, 2014, 12:28 pm
Signed and shared. TY Kit

Soon we will not have a liveable planet. I want revenge!
 

Sheryl G (360)
Monday February 17, 2014, 2:14 pm
YOU TOOK ACTION ON FEBRUARY 16, 2014
 

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Monday February 17, 2014, 2:20 pm
Signed/Shared
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 2:52 pm
Signed
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 3:00 pm
Signed
 

Maria S (48)
Monday February 17, 2014, 4:15 pm
Signed TY
 

MmAway M (507)
Monday February 17, 2014, 4:25 pm
Thank you Kit! There are no words for this. Signed and had the # in my head going through the comments, sadly I FORGOT IT thinking HOW SAD!
 

Ruth Ann W (198)
Monday February 17, 2014, 4:26 pm
Thank you! S&N
 

. (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 4:54 pm
Signed and Noted.
 

Walter F (129)
Monday February 17, 2014, 5:28 pm
Noted and signed
 

S J (130)
Monday February 17, 2014, 5:49 pm
SJ,
you took action on February 16, 2014
 

Kay M (347)
Monday February 17, 2014, 6:50 pm
signed.
 

aj E (164)
Monday February 17, 2014, 7:04 pm
s&n
 

Laurie H (817)
Monday February 17, 2014, 7:40 pm
Thank you so much for this Kit & Thanks Katie for sending too!! Signed & Shared for sure~~
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday February 17, 2014, 8:51 pm
Thank you, Kit! (s 2/5, n, p, t)
 

Betty Kelly (4)
Monday February 17, 2014, 9:14 pm
These old oak trees should be protected.
 

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Monday February 17, 2014, 9:51 pm
Signed and noted.
 

Ben O (142)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 2:13 am
Signed yesterday...
 

Craig Pittman (52)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 4:50 am
Signed. Thanks Kit.
 

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 6:50 am
30375th and sh in fb groups...ty Kit!
 

Katya P (174)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 7:14 am
Signed !
 

kate K (481)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 7:45 am
Noted and signed
 

Ellie K (8)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 9:17 am
S & N ! :D
 

Ana MESNER (201)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 10:23 am
Signed previously
 

Tere M (75)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 1:59 pm
Noted and signed. ~
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 2:41 pm
Signed on February 16th
 

Edo R (71)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 4:11 pm
Thanks for sharing!
 

Mike M (40)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 4:22 pm
N&S
 

Judith Hand (55)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 4:32 pm
Noted, signed with comment and tweeted.
 

Edwin M (346)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 4:48 pm
Signed, thank you Kit and thank you Dandelion for the forward
 

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 4:55 pm
Signed.
 

. (0)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 6:01 pm
Thanks so much for this Kit as our resources continue to dwindle & this old soul should be saved...
 

Jose Ovidio Perez Morel (50)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 8:15 pm
Done.................
 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 2:46 am
Signed.
 

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 8:28 am

I thank each of you for helping this petition grow.
 

Anne T (180)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 3:07 pm
signed and shared! :)
 

Vallee R (280)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 7:17 pm
Already signed -
 

Gloria p (304)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 6:53 pm
Gloria, you took action on February 17, 2014.
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 7:02 pm

It does a heart good to see this petition grow and help a tree to continue to grow. Thank you from my heart and the state with a big tree in need of your gracious support,
 

Terry King (113)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 5:54 pm
Sorry about your tree Kit. I got a notice today that the property was seized and construction will begin April first.
 
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