Dying Library Tree Captures Leon County’s Imagination

Dying Library Tree Captures Leon County’s Imagination

Originally published: October 21, 2016 12:33 pm

It was a majestic oak tree thought to be about 160 years old that graced the front grounds of the Leroy Collins Public Library. But it was diseased. And it was a danger to both pedestrians and property. Was removal the only option? Enter chainsaw artist John Birch. Local Routes followed the transformation of the stately old oak into an homage to reading, childhood and the human imagination.

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Mike Plummer is a content producer and editor for television at WFSU Public Media. He spent 25 years in commercial television as an art director, commercial director, promotion manager, station manager and creative services director before coming to WFSU in 2008. Mike likes to find the “unusual” or “out of the ordinary” stories in our Local Routes. He says the best part of his job is getting to know people he would otherwise probably not get a chance to meet. Mike is widowed, has two terriers named Truman and Dexter, and is constantly at war with the vines growing in his backyard.