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The LeRoy "Library Tree" is being cut down

After trying to salvage the tree for years, it now must go.
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Posted at 10:33 AM, Jun 28, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The 127 year old copper beech tree other wise known as the "Library Tree" is being cut down for health reasons.

According to LeRoy's superintendent Merritt Holly the tree has Kretzechmaria deusta, a fungus that is eating away at the inside of the tree. After trying to salvage the infection for four years, the superintendent has decided it is time to take the tree down.

"We're just not comfortable right now with all the foot traffic that we have from the library, our school buildings and our students," Holly said.

The tree has been a staple in LeRoy since it was planted in 1930. Generations of families have seen it grow, played in its branches and came to it for shade. Soon, that will all come to an end. The superintendent plans on cutting down the tree before the start of the next school year.

If possible, Holly would like to commemorate the tree by creating a table or bench out of its wood.