A tree knocked over by recent storms is seen in Kinnelon, N.J., Thursday, July 26, 2018. Officials say rain and wind have destroyed the New Jersey town's historic tree. Workers in Kinnelon on Thursday began removing the 60-foot (18 meters) butternut tree from the plaza where it fell after 245 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Centuries-old butternut tree topples in heavy rain, wind

July 26, 2018 - 5:43 pm

KINNELON, N.J. (AP) — A centuries-old tree in Kinnelon, New Jersey, has been destroyed by heavy rain and strong wind.

A 60-foot (18 meters) butternut tree featured in the town's logo and on the patch worn by police officers has fallen after 245 years.

Workers in Kinnelon will begin removing the remnants of the historic tree on Thursday.

Mayor Robert Collins tells The Record the town hopes to preserve as much wood as possible and use it for benches and a fireplace mantel at a new community center.

Residents planted a sapling using nuts from the tree 10 years ago that is now 15 feet (4 meters) tall.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com

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