PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in a western New York town are bidding a sad farewell to an iconic 200-year-old tree.
A public ceremony is planned Monday evening to commemorate the tree that towers over Copper Beech Park in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford. It’s dying from a devastating fungus.
Town Supervisor Bill Smith tells WHEC that a lot of people think of the copper beech as a dear old friend. It’s even used in the town’s logo.
Before it’s cut down, officials plan to photograph initials carved into its smooth bark by generations of young people.
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But pieces of the tree will live on. Cuttings have sprouted into more than 100 saplings that will be planted around town — but not in Copper Beech Park, where the soil is contaminated with the fungus.