Northeast’s largest elm tree “recycled”

The tree will now help save other elms

(NECN) – A tree regarded as the largest of its kind in the Northeast has been taken down, but will be used to raise money for conservation efforts.

“It’s been a monument for everybody in this community for a long time,” said David Garrett of Charlotte, Vermont who owns the property that was home to the majestic tree.

The tree, which was believed to be 250 or 300 years old, had to go because it died of Dutch elm disease. That killer fungus has stolen many elms from American landscapes.

“It’s always been here,” Garrett said. “It’s like the anchor. If you go outside for miles away, if you get up high, you can see this tree. It’s the highest thing on the entire peninsula. You can go across the lake to New York State and still see this tree.”

The tree will now help save other elms.

Furniture maker John Monks of Bristol took away much of the wood. His business, Vermont Tree Goods, makes single-slab tables, benches, and other products that give a second life to heirloom hardwoods that reached the end of their growing years.

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