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My name is Tate, and I am from a farming town in Brandenburg, KY. My grandfather always amazed me with his ability to differentiate between oak trees. I, of course, had no knowledge whatsoever with regards to tree species and always loved him pointing each and every one out. He always said the Willow Oak was his favorite, though I was never able to distinguish it from related species. I am in my 4th and final year here at the University of Kentucky, and most of my time is spent in the engineering complex (I am a Civil Engineering major). Every day after class, I step outside of the complex to call my grandparents back home just to check-in. The quietest place to talk outside is right outside the robotics building. There is a large tree surrounded by an ivy patch that I typically lean against while having my daily talk to my grandpa, as seen in the photo. When introduced to this adopt-a-tree project, the first tree that came to mind was the one I lean against nearly every day- so I went out to measure it. Out of pure coincidence, this tree happens to be a Willow Oak! My grandpa enjoyed this tidbit of information, as did I. This tree is now not only a leaning post to me, but a reminder of my family back home.

Rainwater interception (gallons)

= 4372

Energy conservation (kWh)

= 100

CO2 reduction (pounds)

= 794

Overall annual benefits ($)

= 67



  1. The favorite Willow Oak of Tate in March 2017