Maine Man Who Dedicated Life to Saving New England’s Tallest Elm Dies

Updated 3 years ago

A Maine man whose decades-long battle to save New England’s tallest elm tree has died at age 103.Two years ago Frank Knight said “nothing is forever” when a 217-year-old elm tree named Herbie was cut down in Yarmouth.Knight was the town’s tree warden when Dutch Elm Disease began its assault on the town’s trees in the 1950s. He decided he couldn’t save all the elms, so he focused on saving Herbie. A friend says Knight died Monday day in hospice care in Scarborough and will be laid to rest in a coffin made of wood from Herbie.


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