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Less than half of one percent of old-growth forests in the eastern United States have survived post-Columbian settlement, and much of what is left, while old, is stunted by shallow or nutrient-poor soils. Standing before this champion northern red oak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is difficult to convince yourself that you are not looking at one of the giant conifers on the West Coast.

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