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TIMBER! Although inoculated, the tree in front of the Memorial Chapel developed Dutch Elm Disease this spring. David Hall, manager of Grounds and Special Events, called for an emergency removal of the tree on June 16.  If the tree wasn't removed, the disease could spread to other elms on campus.

 

Crew from Wesleyan contractor Marchion & Faucher Inc. of Newington, Conn. carefully removed each limb.
After the limbs were removed, crew members used a chainsaw to cut the trunk's base. Limbs and the stump were ground into mulch, and the trunk was hoisted away by crane.
Five hours later, all that remains is a woodchip and pylon memorial. For more information on Wesleyan's Grounds, visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/pplant/grounds.htt.  (Photos by Olivia Bartlett.)