**Updated** City of Fredericton says several trees to be cut down due to Dutch Elm Disease

**Updated at 2:16 p.m. on August 1st, 2018**

One of the trees set to be removed from downtown Fredericton due to Dutch Elm Disease has been saved.  

The Telegraph-Journal reports Chris Smissaert, a self-employed forester, chained himself to the tree on Queen Street on Wednesday morning in protest. 

Don Murray, the manager of the city's trees and parks division, tells the newspaper the decision was unrelated to Smissaert's protest, adding that the tree will be maintained with pruning and further inoculations. 

The City of Fredericton announced earlier this week that four mature diseased elm trees would be removed from the downtown region over the next few weeks. 

All of the elms are on land owned by the province, while three are within the Historic Garrison District. 

It also said none of the trees are being removed as part of the revitalization plans in the district. 

~ With files from the Telegraph-Journal.