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Olmsted witness tree may get new life

Historic Olmsted elm may have new life through cloning, work by art students

The National Park Service calls them witness trees - specimens that have stood for decades and “witnessed’’ key events, trends, and people in American history.

In March, Massachusetts lost one of its most significant witness trees when a roughly 200-year-old elm at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline was felled after a long battle with Dutch elm disease and other ailments.

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