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Tulip poplar at James Monroe to be removed Thursday
The word from City Hall is that the tulip poplar that stands between the track and the baseball field at James Monroe High School, visible from U.S. 1, Fall Hill and Washington avenues, has been pronounced dead by schools officials, with the help of two certified arborists.
The tree will be removed Thursday.
This tree is somewhat of a landmark in Fredericksburg. It’s been around since before the Civil War.
Six years ago, when construction started for the new JM building, many area residents expressed their attachment to the tree, and urged the schools to do all they could to protect it during construction.
One letter writer had this to say of the tree:
Beyond the wealth of history it holds in the hundreds of growth rings under its bark, aside from the cool shade for overheated athletes and folks and dogs goofing off on a weekend, that
poplartree is the patriarch of the school and that little U.S. 1 “corner of the world.”
A landmark, a graceful giant, a solemn sentinel, indeed. It needs to be kept safe.
I am awaiting comment from schools officials on what may have caused the tree’s death, but the FLS got a call last week (before the storm) from an area resident who thought they saw a crew preparing to cut the tree down–that could have been generated by someone who saw the tree being inspected. Stay tuned for more information in tomorrow’s print edition of The Free Lance-Star.