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Elm yellows has claimed 76 elms at Penn State, including one near Old Main

Last look at the elms?
The elms in happier times

Disease claims historic Old Main elmPenn State Live

Since the onset of elm yellows on campus in 2007, 76 trees have been lost. Add to these the number of trees killed prior and since by Dutch elm, and out of approximately 290 trees, about 100 remain.

Sigh. Another reminder that the Penn State we knew is going away. The university has put up a good fight against elm yellows, but ultimately, I think they are just buying time, not finding a cure. As these beautiful trees fall, they are being replaced with different types of trees. I understand the rationale, but the fact they were ALL elm trees made them that much more impressive.

What we’re losing:

I have created a Penn State elms public flickr group as well, so please add your flickr photos of the elms.

UPDATED MARCH 9:
StateCollege.com provided video and a gallery of the Old Main elm that got cut down today.

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Penn State elms in grave danger

Disease threatens to wipe out Penn State elmsCDT
The stately, century-old elm trees on Penn State’s campus are in danger of falling victim to elm yellows. The disease, spread by the elm leafhopper insect, has no cure. According to a University Relations, the prospect of losing what is perhaps the nation’s largest strand of elms is very real if not likely.

This saddens me tremendously, I really enjoyed the elms on the Allen Street Mall between the University Gate and the Pattee library. I admired them from my favorite spot in front of Carnegie building and really hope they can be saved. Over the years I have given to the Class of 1996 Elm endowment, but I fear it won’t be enough.

UNIVERSITY RELATIONS PRESS RELEASE: Tests show elm yellows disease still threatens campus trees | Frequently Asked Questions about Elm Yellows and the Penn State Elms | Still Life: Elm yellows disease threatens campus trees

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