In this are there are a lot of trailer homes and regulations for proper
tie downs and such have come about due to losses during tornadoes and
high winds which will toss them around like toys if they're unsecured.
It ALWAYS takes a disaster for prudent measures to be put in place by
law but the rule makers always seem to go overboard with regulations to
show they're doing something and satisfy their lust for power over you.
Rahm Emanuel, a famous P.L.L.C.F. once said something to that effect,
"Never let a good crisis go to waste." I see the politicians in the area
affected by the storm doing the typical behavior whenever the peasants
run to the king and demand protection. Perhaps I'm just cynical but I've
seen it all before. There will be a lot of wasted tax dollars, graft and
corruption in the years/decades after The Sandy Disaster. O_o
I don't know whether apparently healthy trees are in reality sick, or
weakened from the droughts and really wet periods that have alternated
here in the last few years. So this oak, laying on the ground didn't
look sick to me, but the root system looked rather small. Some people
have said that when a tree is healthy and in full leaf, you shouldn't
really be able to see sky from below it. The tree between my home and
the street (with branches overhanging the wiring) looks like it has half
the leaves it should have to me, but the expensive tree guy said it was
probably OK, since it has been there with 1/3 to 1/2 its root system
under concrete and asphalt since 1929. Oops that looks really old for a
pin oak ...
Around here people really love the trees. Until they don't anymore.
Then, there are regulations that would prevent one from removing a tree,
such as the need to get a town permit to do so. In addition, it costs a
shitload of money to get a tree cut down and hauled away.
I suppose the question is how much does it cost to remove that same
tree from your living room.
How many people will be impacted by that tree taking out the primary
that supplies 4 or 5 blocks?
Once you experience those things a few times you get a better
perspective about trees.
... and the transformer that supplies it if you get a short.
That is usually 2-4 houses depending on the size of the transformer.
For those people, it is actually worse than taking out a whole street
because you are lower on the "fix" list.
I will have to pay Bartlett Tree Service to tell me how healthy the tree
is on a regular basis. This past summer they told me it was fine.
These pin oak (or similar) trees around here date from around 1929, when
this neighborhood was developed. We are now a national historic landmark
(http://radburn.org , wikipedia). Most trees here are around 80 years
old, and getting old age diseases. Some may at times not have been
pruned properly. I was told (I am not an arborist) that it is a no no to
cut off the suckers that grow straight up from the big horizontal
branches of these oaks. Must have been done to the branch that came down
on a calm day, taking out a light pole, since it showed a nice area of
rot going down through this big horizontal branch that broke off. We are
into a program of tree replacement ...
The question is indeed, where is the balance between keeping shade trees
and protecting power lines???
Sure, you end up with the Long Island perspective: Nature is in the way.
Dynamite it, bulldoze it, and pave it over. It's just too bad we haven't
found a way to drain those pesky oceans.
I suppose you could live in a house made of 1/2" steel plate and no
windows if you're unwilling to live with both the risks and rewards of
the natural world.
I'd not choose to live without trees outside the window, and I'd not go
sniveling if that choice bit me in the ass someday. YMMV.
"You may not know this, but there's things that gnaw at a man worse than
dying." (Open Range)
While Congress still has to relearn it, life is a succession of
compromises. For the moment I am unwilling to remove that tree precisely
because I like the shade. But if I get any inkling that it is weakened
or sick, it'll go fast.
Yeah, I wish that were the case here ... I have no idea what it would
cost. Some of the soil here is very thin, with rock (and underground
water!) very near the surface. Many homes need sump pumps (mine
doesn't). With the 80 year-old sewers, gas- and water-lines in place,
getting electric underground would probably be a rather big job.
We removed the 120+ foot tall oak from beside my little brothers
house at Wasauga Beach a few years ago for the grand sum of $6 worth
of gas for the chainsaw. 4 brothers and father put in about 5 hours of
hard work - and between a few brothers and neighbours the vast
majority of the wood dissapeared virtually overnight - at no cost at
Add about $100 to repair roof where a small branch hit and punched a
hole - but it needed a roof anyway.
I'm not that limber anymore. Did those things 30 years ago, including a
big old cherry tree, the kind you hang a swing from. Remember standing on
the corner of the roof to cut down a fairly young pine. I could easily
reach the trunk standing there on the roof.
Now I don't do this anymore, and my offspring is great, but not like that
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