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IUP receives 'Survivor Tree'

by IUP News Service on October 23, 2013 10:50 AM

The Allegheny Arboretum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received a American elm tree grown from a cutting from the Oklahoma City “Survivor Tree” from an IUP biology graduate.

Dr. Daniel J. Kupas, a 1988 biology major graduate who is a family practice physician in Apollo, donated the tree.

He received the cutting several years ago at a fundraising event held in Pittsburgh to benefit the Flight 93 Memorial Fund.

The Allegheny Arboretum at IUP is a living museum devoted to the study, conservation and enjoyment of trees, shrubs and vines. The arboretum consists of the entire 354-acre IUP campus. There are 1,320 trees on the north campus, representing 76 tree species.

The Oklahoma City Survivor Tree is an 80-year-old American elm that survived the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which killed 168 people. Since the bombing, saplings from the tree are distributed on the anniversary of the bombing, resulting in thousands of “Survivor Trees” growing in private and public areas throughout the United States.

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