After wrestling with Sketchup for a few hours, here’s my proposal for memorial benches and potted tree to restore some shade to the Central Plaza and memorialize the Leaning American Elm just removed. I propose a potted tree as they cannot dig into the spot for fear of damaging the roots of the Krishna Tree.
I took Boy Scouts Troop 414 from 14th Street on a quest to identify 10 trees for tree identification merit badges. We used the latest version of my Tompkins Trees map (I’ll post it here soon). We met at 6:30 just before sunset and had to use flashlights for most of the walk. They are a great bunch of kids and I had a great time with them.
I went out this morning hoping to get a good shot of the tree rings, so to date this American Elm. I brought a bottle of water with me to make the rings more visible. I was thinking to come back with sandpaper to make the surface smooth if needed. But alas they had ground the stump away already. I have a shot of a cross-section of the trunk from last Saturday, but I don’t think it will be adequate for reading the rings. They will not be planting another tree here for fear of damaging the roots of the Krishna Tree.