A Real-World Giving Tree

A Real-World Giving Tree

Amber Byfield
Feb 5, 2010

The story of this tree named Herbie—which stood 110 feet tall and was the tallest American elm in New England—is not ending after it was felled due to a fatal fungal infection. Not only is it going to help scientists learn more about the climate during its long, long life, it's going to live on:

We were fascinated by this story from the Mother News Network about Herbie, amazed that the tree may be able to tell dendroclimatologists (scientists who study tree rings to learn about climate changes) more about the climate fluctuations of that area.

But here's what struck a chord with us, reminding us of a favorite Shel Silverstein book:

Most of the tree's remains will go to artisans who'll create salad bowls, cutting boards and furniture, but several cuttings will be displayed prominently in the town hall, state arboretum and elsewhere. Scientists are interested in taking a look, as well.

So, Herbie will go on from being an icon for the community to being a part of peoples' homes.

Read more at Mother News Network, or the Portland Press Herald.

Related links:
Look! Sustainable Tree Harvesting... In Our Backyard
The Giving Tree: Outdoor Panels Provide Shade While Harvesting Energy
Marcus Sims of Treincarnation Turns Trees into Treasures

(Image: Wikimedia editing user Dudesleeper, licensed under Creative Commons.)

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