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[b]YARMOUTH, Maine[/b] -- Anyone who thought Frank Knight was your typical tree hugger would have been wrong.

The man who spent the last years of his life fighting in vain to save Herbie, the oldest known American elm tree in New England, made his living in the forestry business, clearing and selling trees across southern Maine.

Yet Knight, who died Monday at the age of 103, valued trees for their natural beauty and spent more than 50 years protecting the town

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I rest my case.

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He's a hero. I hope I live that long and fight the good fight as long as he did.

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This reminds me of a Twilight Zone ep., or something ...

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Oh.
'In an attempt to block the fungus from spreading farther, the tree reacts by plugging its own [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylem"]xylem tissue[/url] with gum and [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tylose"]tyloses[/url], bladder-like extensions of the xylem [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_wall"]cell wall[/url]. As the xylem (one of the two types of [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vascular_tissue"]vascular tissue[/url] produced by the [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vascular_cambium"]vascular cambium[/url], the other being the [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phloem"]phloem[/url]) delivers water and nutrients to the rest of the plant, these plugs prevent them from travelling up the trunk of the [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree"]tree[/url], eventually killing it.'
Sucks :(

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^ Read again:

.... 217-year-old tree that succumbed to Dutch elm disease and had to be cut down in January 2010.

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