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Historic Trees Cut Down at Scarsdale Library

SCARSDALE, N.Y. –  More than 300 years of history was lost at Scarsdale Public Library Tuesday when three large trees in the back parking lot were cut down, a loss deeply felt by regular library visitor Carol Bissetta.

“It’s a shame,” the Scarsdale resident said upon seeing the three wide stumps where the mighty trees once stood. “You’re used to seeing them daily and suddenly they are gone.”

Two Siberian Elm trees and one Cottonwood tree were chopped down and mulched by Evergreen Arborists Inc. employees as directed by village officials. The arborist’s official report summarized that the roots of the trees, which stood tall and full adjacent to each other and whose wide branches provided shade and protection to the vehicles parked under them, had been “…compromised by the parking area.”

“I think people will miss them,” Bissetta said. “I know I definitely will as it disrupts the beauty of the landscape.”

All three trees were estimated to be 90 to 100 feet tall, and the rings on the stumps indicated that each had seen centuries of history unfold.

“If only those trees could talk. What all did they see and experience?” lamented Bissetta.

The broad, bare stumps will remain a reminder to all of what had been there.  It is unclear if there will be additional landscaping in the parking lot island where the trees once stood.

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