Drive to Help Centuries-Old Oak Fighting Disease

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A group of Indianapolis residents is working to save an oak tree that has stood watch over their neighborhood for centuries.

The Chinquapin oak on the city's east side is more than 18 feet in diameter and believed to be more than 300 years old. But it's being attacked by the oak lace mite and is filled with dead wood that needs to be removed.

WISH-TV reports residents of the Springdale neighborhood are seeking donations to help treat the tree that's known as the Temple Oak.

Those interested in helping can contact the John H. Boner Community Center in Indianapolis and donating to the Temple Oak Fund.

The Chinquapin oak can stand 100 feet tall. It's generally used as a shade tree and for its lumber.