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The mission of Carolina Tree Heritage is to give new life to the oldest and biggest trees that have fallen down on the UNC campus and turn them into their next legacy.

When trees present a safety hazard or are lost to storms, CTH transforms the trunks and branches into furniture, sculptures, and other wooden creations, with the proceeds going toward supporting student opportunities, such as internships and scholarships.

Heritage Trees are individual trees on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus that have developed exceptional historical, cultural, or aesthetic value because of their age, descent, legendary stature, contribution to the diversity of the campus landscape, exemplary representation of genus or species, rarity, or association with an important event or person.

Click the link to view a map of all heritage trees on campus.

The Process

Due to age-related decline, this 250-year-old post oak (Quercus stellata), located behind New West on the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill campus (35°54’43.89″N, 79°03’09.23″W) was felled on October 24, 2018.

It was then sent to Whispering Pines Saw Mill to be milled.

The drying process for these two cuts of the Post Oak, called cookies, begins outside before they are sent to a kiln to be dried.

The cookie is being turned into a table. The legs and supports were also made from the same Post Oak.

Mike Everhart puts the finishing touches on the table which now resides in the South Building. The table was donated to UNC Chapel Hill on University Day, October 12th, 2021.


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Carolina Tree Heritage Program Brings New Life to Downed Tree
Giving New Life to Historic Trees
Old Growth, New Life