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Heritage White Pine Tree to be Milled for Public Art

November 26, 2012 –The City of Thunder Bay’s Parks Division along with Lakehead Univesity’s Wood Scientist will gather to mill the historic White Pine Tree that once stood at Boulevard Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Last year, the Heritage White Pine tree that stood at Boulevard Lake for 100 years was illegally removed. Fortunately, three large logs were salvaged from the tree with the hope that the wood could honour the valued landmark with a public art competition.

In preparation for the competition, Dr. Matthew Leitch, Wood Scientist from the Faculty of Natural Resources Management at Lakehead University, has offered to saw one of the logs into lumber.  The large-dimension lumber and two other intact logs will be offered for use by local artists who will have the opportunity to submit their ideas to the City of Thunder Bay. Dates for the competition will be provided in the near future.
The milling of the White Pine Tree will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 2pm, at the Lakehead University Portable Sawmill site on Oliver Road in front of the LU hanger.        


Contact: Shelley Vescio, City Forester, 625-2473