If you look closely, you can see where the bark starts, high up just under the branches. All the lower, tan-colored part of the trunk has been stripped of bark.
Someone carved "Bree & Branden 4 Ever" in the tree trunk after the bark was removed.
Sokol said she called tree experts, who told her there wasn't much that could be done to save a tree with this extensive damage.
I'll have a story to file for Saturday's edition of The Bristol Press.
In the meantime, my puzzler will grow sore trying to figure out why someone would do this.