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(Louis B. Ruediger/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP). In this July 2, 2018 photo, Tom McQuaide, admires the colossal sized tree he discovered while marking trees to harvest on property in Bell Township, Pa. The Red Oak tree is expected to be roughly 40... (Louis B. Ruediger/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP). In this July 2, 2018 photo, Tom McQuaide, admires the colossal sized tree he discovered while marking trees to harvest on property in Bell Township, Pa. The Red Oak tree is expected to be roughly 40...
(Louis B. Ruediger/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP). This July 2, 2018 photo shows a Red Oak tree discovered on a farm in Bell Township, which is expected to be more then 400 years old. Land owner Jack Tickle has intentions of protecting the tree rath... (Louis B. Ruediger/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP). This July 2, 2018 photo shows a Red Oak tree discovered on a farm in Bell Township, which is expected to be more then 400 years old. Land owner Jack Tickle has intentions of protecting the tree rath...
(Louis B. Ruediger/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP). In this July 2, 2018 photo, Land owner Jack Tickle talks about the first time he'd seen the clauses size Red Oak tree on his property while he was hunting as a young man in Bell Township, Pa. (Louis B. Ruediger/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP). In this July 2, 2018 photo, Land owner Jack Tickle talks about the first time he'd seen the clauses size Red Oak tree on his property while he was hunting as a young man in Bell Township, Pa.
(Louis B. Ruediger/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP). This July 2, 2018 photo shows nail heads in a Red Oak tree discovered on a farm in Bell Township, Pa., which is expected to be more then 400 years old. Land owner Jack Tickle has intentions of prote... (Louis B. Ruediger/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP). This July 2, 2018 photo shows nail heads in a Red Oak tree discovered on a farm in Bell Township, Pa., which is expected to be more then 400 years old. Land owner Jack Tickle has intentions of prote...
(Louis B. Ruediger/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP). This July 2, 2018 photo shows a Red Oak tree discovered on a farm in Bell Township, Pa., which is expected to be more then 400 years old. Land owner Jack Tickle has intentions of protecting the tree... (Louis B. Ruediger/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP). This July 2, 2018 photo shows a Red Oak tree discovered on a farm in Bell Township, Pa., which is expected to be more then 400 years old. Land owner Jack Tickle has intentions of protecting the tree...

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A forester in Pennsylvania says he's discovered a massive red oak tree that may be one of the state's biggest trees.

Pennsylvania Forest Management's Tom McQuaide is in the process of submitting the tree's measurements for inclusion in the Champion Trees of Pennsylvania, a registry of the state's largest trees.

McQuaide says the red oak has a circumference of about 26 feet (8 meters) and a height of about 120 feet (37 meters). Officials say the tree could be 400 years old.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports it was discovered near a Bell Township farm outside of Pittsburgh.

The largest recorded red oak in the state is in Delaware County and is 145 feet (44 meters) tall.

McQuaide says he and the property owner agreed to let the tree continue standing as a monument.

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