CHARLOTTE, Vt. — An elm tree that’s believed to be the largest of its kind in New England has been removed from a property in the Vermont town of Charlotte.

The tree was removed Tuesday after it died from Dutch elm disease, a killer fungus that has destroyed other elms in the state.

David Garrett, the property owner, says the tree, estimated to be between 250 and 300 years old, has been “a monument” for everyone in the community.

The wood will be reborn into furniture and other items. The funds will be used to help The Nature Conservancy’s ongoing efforts to replant other elm trees.

State Director Heather Furman says the organization has been developing disease-resistant strains of the elm.