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Iconic elm tree in Marquette Park on Mackinac Island removed

Workers, shown here, start to remove the iconic elm tree that sits at the entry of Marquette Park on Mackinac Island.

MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- An iconic elm tree in Marquette Park on Mackinac Island is being removed as a matter of public safety.

“Our first priority is public safety,” said Phil Porter, Mackinac State Historic Parks director. “This lovely tree, which was planted in the early 20th century, was very fragile has been losing large limbs for some time.”

Mackinac Island State Park officials said the tree, which is more than a century old, had branches extending out over both Main and Fort Streets, as well as benches and structures on the corner of the park.

Porter said several efforts to save the tree, including trimming large branches and re-fertilizing the area, were made over the years but the tree was simply no longer safe to keep up.

The park says the plan moving forward is to grind the stump below the surface and stabilize the site for the near future.

Park staff said they will inspect the tree to see if the wood will be salvageable for future projects.

Porter said the park will soon be looking at plans to re-landscape the area so it can continue to be an attractive entry point into Mackinac Island State Park.

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