Organizers of a push to save a 180-year-old Osage-orange tree in Kewanee, Illinois, are now accepting donations for a fund dedicated to the tree’s maintenance.
After the city of Kewanee agreed to prune the historical tree rather than remove it, volunteer arborists inspected the aged specimen to see what is needed to preserve the tree and protect public safety. While it appears to be in good health, the Osage-orange has a serious lean that could be a safety hazard.
Arborists are hoping to attach a cable support system to the primary limbs next summer and may devise a temporary support in the near term. Meanwhile, the city is looking into the repair of the buckling sidewalk and the removal of three parking spots next to the tree—both for safety’s sake and the long-term health of the tree.
If you would like to support efforts to preserve this priceless relic, you can send donations to:
Osage-Orange Tree Fund
Peoples National Bank of Kewanee
207 N. Tremont Street
Kewanee, IL 61443
The fund is dedicated strictly for the tree, and any surplus funds will be kept in the tree’s account for follow-up work.
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