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One of Nantucket's largest forests is the Coskata Woods.

Tales of tall trees in Downtown Nantucket

More than 150 years ago, Downtown Nantucket was almost treeless. Well, treeless in the sense that none of the tall, stately American elm trees were growing and none of the other mostly hardwood trees existed on this part of the island. The origin of our downtown trees is a fascinating story and one that the staff of the Nantucket Land Council, namely Land Council executive director Cormac Collier and Land Council resource conservationist Emily Molden, will regale you with on one of their three Downtown Tree Tours during the summer. These 90-minute informative hikes begin at the Land Council office at 6 Ash Lane at 1 p.m. on June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16. Space is limited, so please pre-register by calling 508-228-2818 or emailing to [email protected].