Ancient Tree Destroyed
Between the mouth of the salt marsh and the thickly wooded, easternmost tip of West Island, there stood an ancient, gnarled and beautiful cedar tree; a Juniperous virginiana, of particular grace and stature.
I’ve admired it for years walking the path that skirts the marsh. I’ve sat on its low bent boughs and sheltered under it in the rain. It has been a cherished friend.
On September 8, while chasing gamefish into the cove, I passed the tree.
It had been sawed down.
All of the large limbs that made it such an icon had been lopped off and left to lie on the ground.
This was a wild tree far away on Fairhaven public land of no possible detriment to anyone or anything in any possible way.
In a case of, “If you see something, say something,” I can only conclude this to be the act of a disturbed individual.
Anyone who would do such a thing, who would carry a saw large enough to cut down that tree, that far out on the point, could conceivably do something even worse. Such a heinous act of criminal trespass cannot, and ought not, to be ignored.
Michael P. Dyer, Fairhaven
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