Nick McWilliams reporting – After the high winds from the previous weekend cause damage to an icon in Historic Zoar Village, the community is working to restore a natural resource.

The Everlasting Tree of Life was at the center of the village, originally planted by settlers of the community, in an area known as the Garden of Happiness.

However, the top of the Norway spruce was snapped off during some of the wind gusts, damaging the tree beyond repair.

Now, community leaders are hoping to safely remove what remains, along with the root system of the massive tree, and replace it with a new one that will be cared for and allowed to grow to the same size.

The tree had been maintained by the Zoar Community Association with watering, mulching, and other upkeep. According to the official GoFundMe page established for the replacement, that effort costs thousands of dollars each year.

For residents interested in donating to the restoration, visit

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