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2,000-Year-Old Florida Tree To Be Scaled For Archive Sample

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LONGWOOD, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) —  A nonprofit organization that finds and archives samples of the world's largest and oldest trees plans to scale a 2,000-year old tree in Florida.

The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive plans to collect a sample for cloning from the 89-foot-tall "Lady Liberty" tree on Monday.

The bald cypress tree is located in Big Tree Park in Longwood, the same Seminole County park where the approximately 3,500-year-old tree known as "The Senator" burned down in 2012.

The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive aims to create living genetic libraries by cloning landmark trees through horticultural propagation for future research and reforestation efforts.

The "Lady Liberty" tree has a 10-foot diameter and a 32-foot circumference.

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