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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- An American elm tree located at 820 Monroe in Grand Rapids is the city's "Tree of the Year."

Since 2012, the Urban Forestry Committee has picked a tree in the city annually, to help bring awareness for the need for urban trees.

With this particular elm being one of the oldest and tallest trees in the area, Mayor George Heartwell sasy he believes the tree represents some of the history of Grand Rapids.

"Here is a tree that is 80 to 100 years old, that has been in this place for longer than most of us have been on this Earth," Heartwell said.

The American elm can clean 4600 gallons of water when there's a storm.

The winning tree is also part of the city's goal to cover 40 percent of Grand Rapids with tree canopy.

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