More than 20 years ago, 200 American Liberty Elms were planted in Sayville. Where are they now?
Back in 1989, the Sayville Village Improvement Society joined the Elm Research Institute's "Johnny Elmseed" nursery project -- an effort to restore American elms lost to Dutch elm disease. Local volunteers planted 200 disease-resistant American Liberty Elms in a temporary nursery in front of the local Grand Union, and when the trees reached street planting size a couple of years later, they were transplanted on village streets and in residents' yards. Some were even shared with neighboring towns. Nationwide, 300,000 of the trees were given to individuals, communities and colleges.
Now the Elm Research Institute is following up on how those trees are doing. If you have one of those trees growing on your property or know someone who does, you'll be interested in the following announcement, which landed in my inbox last week:
"If you're growing an American Liberty Elm from the non-profit Elm Research Institute (ERI) of New Hampshire, and it turns out to be one of the tallest Liberty Elms in America, your tree will become an ERI poster tree. You and your tree will be featured in local newspapers, ERI's newsletter and website. You'll also receive a framed print of American Elm Etching with Thomas Paine's poem called "Liberty Tree."
If you have an American Liberty Elm or would like information on getting a free tree for your town or college, you can call 800-367-3567 (FOR-ELMS) or visit elmresearch.org for details.