Condition of centuries-old elm tree evaluated by officials

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QUINCY - According to western Illinois officials, preliminary tests indicate that a centuries-old tree may not have been infected with Dutch elm disease.

Officials say one of Quincy's few American elm trees might be in shock after two exceptionally dry summers and a harsh winter.  They also say the tree isn't infected with Dutch elm disease, which devastated urban forests across the nation in the 1960's and 1970's.

The Quincy Tree Commission, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the Morton Arboretum are working together to evaluate the tree's condition.  Most of the tree appears to be dead, but officials are saying it could still recover.

The tree is one of only 10 remaining in the city, and is estimated to be between 253 and 390 years old.

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