Photos: The end of an elm

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  • A crew from Jim’s Tree Service in Greenfield used a bucket lift to reach and cut the canopy of an American elm tree being removed behind Northampton Bicycle on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • A crew from Jim’s Tree Service in Greenfield uses a remote-controlled grapple saw, left, to lower sections of an elm tree that was being cut down, piece by piece, behind Northampton Bicycle on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • A crew from Jim's Tree Service in Greenfield uses a remote-controlled grapple saw to take down an elm tree behind Northampton Bicycle on Tuesday. Two limb sections can be seen dangling, still attached to cables that were installed between branches in previous measures to stabilize the tree. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 12/27/2020 9:34:23 PM

NORTHAMPTON – A crew from Jim's Tree Service in Greenfield used a bucket lift and a boom-mounted grapple saw to cut down an American elm tree, piece by piece, behind Northampton Bicycle on Tuesday. Estimated to be about 200 years old, the specimen was one of few in the area that had withstood Dutch Elm disease. Its canopy shaded a densely populated area between Pleasant Street and Michelman Avenue, but in October a severe windstorm split its two trunks, rendering it unsafe. Northampton Bicycle manager Leila Everett said the shop had cared for the tree for the last forty years, having it pruned and cabled to stabilize it, and she was sad to see it go.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.

 




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