BEECH MOUNTAIN, Ark.
— It’s a cool morning in this remote Arkansas town.
A sign on the side of a small, two-story building says, “No Trespassing.”
That’s because this is an ark shelter, and no trespassing is allowed.
But on this day, there’s a sign posted outside, and a couple of other signs that warn of a “no trespassing” sign, and an arrow pointing toward the other sign.
So, if you want to walk past, this is a sign you can’t ignore.
Inside, the tiny home sits in a small patch of arboreal forest.
There’s a fire ring in the middle, and one of the trees has been cut down.
It’s not a sign that the tree is going to be destroyed.
But the fire has burned for days, and it’s still not gone.
It’s also not gone that long.
The tree has a few years of history, and the fire is still raging.
The fire’s been in the area since February, and firefighters have been battling to contain it.
The blaze started near this tree in a patch of dryland just outside of Beech Mountain.
The tree is a beech.
The arboretum that’s here is called the Stone Mountain arboreum.
It was planted in 1905.
The area is just east of downtown, but is home to several small businesses.
It includes a grocery store, a clothing store, an amusement park, a ski resort, a coffee shop and a hardware store.
The arboresum was named for a member of the Beech family.
They had been the original owners of the property.
It had been home to the Stone family for a long time.
They owned a number of other properties.
But they were in the early 1900s.
They were very wealthy.
So it’s not surprising that they wanted to have their own home.
The owner of the arborsum says that for some reason, they started to get a lot of questions about this arborrent.
And he said, “We’ve been in contact with the Forest Service and they have asked us to give them permission to build their house on the property.”
So they went in and started doing it.
The Forest Service has permission to erect this building, and they’re building it on the land.
And now the arborrent is taking over.
The Woodland Park Arboretums Association says they want to see this tree grow back.
So they’ve been working with the Forestry Commission to try to make sure that they can continue to operate.
They’re also working with other communities to try and keep the tree healthy.