John Brown House elm not being cut down _ yet

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An elm tree on the grounds of the John Brown House in Providence that was to be cut down because of Dutch Elm disease has been given a temporary reprieve.

Rhode Island Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/144LTKL ) the Rhode Island Historical Society says more tests were ordered by the city forester in Providence. The results are due next week.

The Historical Society said earlier this month the "beloved" tree had to go to prevent the disease from spreading. It said 12 other elms on the grounds would be treated in the spring to protect them from the disease, which is a fungal infection spread by beetles.

Historical Society Executive Director Morgan Grefe now tells the station the initial tests were inconclusive and the tree could be suffering from something else.

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Information from: RIPR-FM, http://www.wrni.org/

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