BDN, News Center reports on loss of UMaine’s Campana elm

The Bangor Daily News and News Center Maine reported that a more than 150-year-old American elm tree at the University of Maine that was saved by pioneering research on Dutch elm disease and inspired the establishment of a campus natural heritage fund has succumbed to rot in its trunk and will be removed from the Hitchner Hall landscape in early August. Seeds and cuttings from the tree, known as the Campana elm, have been collected, ensuring the tree lives on. Wood that can be salvaged from the tree will be saved for possible use on campus and potential fundraising efforts for the Campus Natural Heritage Endowment Fund through the University of Maine Foundation.