~ Submitted by Dr. Donald J. Marshall
On March 13, 2022, the Washington Post Magazine published Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson’s fascinating story about the town of Castine, Maine, and its elm trees.
They are still protecting elms that were planted in the 1850s and, as the article points out, these elms have witnessed the passing of the Civil War, the Fugitive Slave Act, the first black US President, World War I and World War II, and Korea and Vietnam and…
Does any of that sound familiar? Our North Road oaks are much older and have seen even more.
Somehow I think the residents of the Town of Castine would figure out a way to wind a sidewalk around one or more of these trees instead of cutting them down.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Marshall holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics