Environment: Mope for Elms

"My boyhood home had tremendous elms," recalls John Hansel, 45, a New Jersey manufacturer of watercoolers. "Those trees were my symbols of the past." In fact, Hansel bought his present house in Riverside, Conn., mainly because four venerable elms shaded the front yard. Unfortunately, two of the trees soon died, victims of the Dutch elm disease that now kills about 1,000,000 trees a year in the U.S. Distraught, Hansel launched a personal crusade to save the threatened species. In 1965, unimpressed by the botanists who believed that the American elm was doomed, Hansel...

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