The Latest: Oklahoma City bombing Survivor Tree DNA lives on
The Associated Press - April 20, 2019 8:39 am
Sheridean McMahan, of Jones, OK, picks out an American elm sapling in OKC on Friday, April 19th, 2019. The tree grew out of a seed fomr the "Survivor Tree" that is a symbol of hope after the deadly 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Science and technology are helping OKC to sustain the DNA of a tree symbolozing hope 24 years after the deadliest recorded act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil. AS part of an annual remembrance of the bombing, civic leaders on Friday plan to transplant a tree that was cloned from a scarred American elm that lived through the blast. They hope the younger elm will replace the nearly 100-year-old "Survivor Tree" once it dies. (AP Photo/Adama Kealoha Causey)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Science and technology are helping Oklahoma City to sustain the DNA of a tree symbolizing hope 24 years after the deadliest act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil.
As part of an annual remembrance of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing, civic leaders transplanted a young tree Friday that was cloned from a scarred American elm that lived through the blast. They hope the cloned elm will replace the nearly 100-year-old “Survivor Tree” once it dies.
The parent tree lives on at the memorial to the 168 people killed.
Oklahoma forester Mark Bays says the genetically identical clone will grow taller and spread roots. Machinery that can move a mass of roots 25 feet (7.6 meters) across can haul it to the memorial when needed.