Balmville Tree concerns prompt DEC response

One of the oldest trees in Orange County was in danger of toppling over Monday. The "Balmville Tree," a national landmark in Newburgh, dates back

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The "Balmville Tree," a national landmark in Newburgh, dates back to 1699 and is currently supported by cables. It can be found at the intersection of Balmville Road and Commonwealth Avenue. (7/20/15)

NEWBURGH - One of the oldest trees in Orange County was in danger of toppling over Monday.

The "Balmville Tree," a national landmark in Newburgh, dates back to 1699 and is currently supported by cables. It can be found at the intersection of Balmville Road and Commonwealth Avenue.

The Department of Environmental Conservation and local officials arrived on the scene over concerns that a limb was close to snapping off and falling on the roadway.

The 300-foot section of Balmville Road under the tree is completely closed off indefinitely as the DEC makes a decision as to what should be done with the tree.

The DEC also brought in arborists to examine the tree. The results of their analysis were not released.

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