A story only a tree can tell
Skagit Valley Herald
February 22, 2015
EDISON — It’s a Skagit Valley mystery more than 2,300 years in the making.
Where did a 300-year-old tree — from around the time of the death of Alexander the Great — come from, and how did it end up under 11 feet of muck and mud in Joe Leary Slough?
“This tree’s still here, which is really unique,” said Anna Freedman-Peel, a student at Western Washington University who helped interpret the tree’s history. “As far as we know, this is the oldest tree we’ve found over here.”
The mystery came to light in 2013, when dredging on the Bow property of Joan and Loren Dahl unearthed the root-wad of a tree measuring more than 6 feet in diameter stuck in the mud.
“(Loren) never remembered there being trees around here,” said Joan Dahl, whose husband’s family had been in the area for about a century.
About 17 feet of the tree was recovered from the Dahls’ property and donated to Wes Smith and Andrew Vallee, co-owners of Smith and Vallee Woodworks and Gallery in Edison.