- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - Officials in Astoria are working to save a historic bigleaf maple tree that is well known to the community.

The Daily Astorian reports (https://is.gd/EsDhuu ) that the 150-year-old tree developed a crack near the center of its dual trunk. The crack has become infected and weakened by fungus and rot and could cause the tree to fall in high winds.

Parks and Recreation Department officials say the tree, which is in the Violet LaPlante Park in the Alderbrook neighborhood, has sentimental value.

The city is considering binding the tree’s trunk with cable and trimming its upper limbs. Normally, the city would simply cut down a hazardous tree and grind the stump. But the city will try to save the maple.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, https://www.dailyastorian.com

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