Less than a year after a healthy new Norway Spruce was planted on the Wilton Town Green by officials to replace an ailing evergreen tree that had long served as the town’s Christmas tree, Environmental Affairs director Mike Conklin confirms the new tree has died.

“It was a victim of the heatwave in the second week of August that caused it to dry up and die,” he explained.

Conklin is working to have the tree replaced as soon as possible, something echoed by First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice, who donated the new tree with her husband, Paul Vanderslice.

“This can happen with a new tree. Plans are being made to replace the tree in the fall. This was a spectacular tree. I don’t know if we will find another one like it, but grateful that we had it over the last year for everyone to enjoy,” she wrote in a post on Facebook.

The tree’s demise was not, as some have suggested, related to Tropical Storm Isaias, which damaged and destroyed plants up and down along the east coast shoreline by spraying salt that burned the greenery as far as 20-miles inland, according to the National Weather Service.

“This wasn’t salt spray, this was due to a heatwave,” Conklin said, which prompted him to remind people there are still very dry conditions about which they should be aware.

“We are in pre-drought conditions in this part of the state, it’s important to conserve water, especially when more people are home and using more water. It’s important to conserve right now,” he added.