Remove dying Chinese Elm tree and replace in-kind in backyard of Robinson House (HS-10)
Due to the height of the dying tree, a contractor will have to remove it. The new tree will be planted by park staff.
Jason Taylor, 217-391-3235
An approximately 100-year old Chinese Elm tree has been infected with an unknown pest or fungus and is dying. Due to historic structures on two sides and a heavily used vehicular-use alleyway on a third side, the tree must be removed for safety and the stump ground out to remove any possible contamination. The park's Cultural Landscape Plan (2014) states that this yard's current appearance should be maintained and trees and fences replaced when necessary. A disease-resistant elm will be planted within 2 feet of the stump, the location determined after consultation with MWAC to review the locations of previous archeological excavations. The new tree will be planted in a previously surveyed area.