This massive American Elm tree was deemed unsafe by the town of Amherstburg, when a large leader branch broke off in high winds and landed on the driveway of the neighboring property.
The root base is 12 feet across with a medium trunk diameter of 54" and we estimated it to be about 200-230 years old. Aside from the one leader that was rotted, the rest of the tree was structurally sound. In our opinion, it is unfortunate that it had be removed and was not properly assessed.
Fortunately however, we were called in to salvage this piece of history in June of 2016. At the time of salvage we were not equipped to slab and process a trunk that is 54"-74"in diameter, but now that we are, it is scheduled for slabbing in the spring/summer of 2018. Due to its waterfront location on Front Road North in historic Amherstburg, there is a good chance we may find some lead bullets associated with the war of 1812 when we open it up. Considering this tree has been alive longer than Canada has been a country, we really hope to find some cool history inside.