Camperdown Elm: A priceless $100,000 shade tree
The majestic Amherst College owned Camperdown Elm seems to have weathered the recent relocation just fine, knock on wood.
Three months ago a bevy of trained workers gingerly moved the ancient but healthy shade tree a distance of 90 feet to avoid being run over by a running track.
Amherst College officials must be relieved, since the tree is irreplaceable ... and the lifesaving procedure is said to have cost $100,000 or just over $1,100 per foot.
Pratt Field, Amherst
But then Amherst College is our #1 landowner. Even though a tax-exempt institution the #2 liberal arts college in America is still the town's #1 taxpayer. The Pratt Field renovation project was budgeted at $12.5 million, although rumor has it the cost of the project is over by half.
But, like the Camperdown Elm, Pratt Field will be pretty stunning when completed.