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Venerable Vermont Elm Tree Succumbs To Dutch Elm Disease

A venerable old elm tree that's believed to be the largest of its kind in New England has succumbed to Dutch elm disease.
The tree in Charlotte, Vermont was 19 feet 4 inches in circumference and stood 109 feet tall.

Dutch elm disease is the fungus that spread during the early 20th century and destroyed most of the elm trees in North America. The Vermont tree was removed Tuesday.
Property owner David Garrett says the tree, estimated at 175 to 200 years old, was a local "monument."

The wood will be used to make furniture and other items, and sale proceeds will be used to help The Nature Conservancy's efforts to restore the elm population by developing disease-resistant strains of the trees.

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