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Notable tree damaged by fireworks, says ERCA – Blackburn News

by ahnationtalk on May 21, 2019225 Views

May 21, 2019

The Essex Region Conservation Authority says Victoria Day weekend revellers have destroyed a significant tree.

An Indigenous Signal Tree, which was used by indigenous peoples to mark boundaries or point to areas of interest, was severely damaged by fireworks over the long weekend at the Maidstone Woods Conservation Area. A photo of the damaged tree was released on Tuesday.

ERCA general manager Richard Wyma said the authority is “extremely saddened” by the vandalism.

“It’s simply devastating that someone would destruct a tree of such cultural significance,” said Wyma in a media release. “We suspect someone set off fireworks in the tree’s hollow and that the tree was destroyed from the inside-out.”

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