Thursday, June 5, 2014

Mistakes Cost a Tree Its Life

      I have been living on this street since 1970. When I came here the district was seven years old. The city has a policy of planting trees along the street. I had two ash trees in front of my house. When I moved here the trees were probably 12 ft. high. In 44 years I've watched them become  large and beautiful trees. I've featured a photo of one of my trees in a previous post.
My  ash tree a few years ago
     The house across the street is one of those that sells quite often. New owners took possession of it about 3 weeks ago. Two days ago I looked out to see somebody beginning to take down a 50 ft spruce. I had watched them plant this spruce. It was a fine tree but it was not placed in the correct place.


     Then, there was the ash. It was rumored that the ash was to be taken down too. Now it is against city bylaws to cut down one of their trees. The guy started to work on the ash. Fortunately, somebody drove by and reported the situation to the city. The city boss showed up immediately and asked the guy what he was doing. He told them the owner said it was his tree and to take it down. Work was stopped. More city officials showed up. They decided that the tree could not be salvaged and they would take the rest of it down.

  
The girl in the bucket doing her work

All the equipment to take down one tree


 So as a result of mistakes a very nice neighborhood tree was sacrificed. 

40 comments:

  1. Grrrr! This makes me angry. I do not like tree killers. What is there about some people that they can't stand to have a tree around? I don't get it.

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    1. Some people have very little knowledge and understanding of the worth of a tree. they have too much money and want a different tree or the tree in different place.

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    2. I do agree, Red. I'm glad we have a forest!

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  2. Oh, that's terrible! I hate to see a tree come down unless there's a safety issue. And I hate to see where trees are just clear-cut down. It takes away not only beauty, but the habitat of many animals.

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    1. I really dislike clear cutting. The whole eco system is destroyed.

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  3. How sad.
    You go girl! Wielding that chainsaw!
    Cheri

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    1. This woman has been taking trees down for quite a few years. She's very knowledgeable.

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  4. Oh that's too bad. It takes such a long time to grow a tree that big, and such a short time to take it down!

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    1. I've watched these trees grow and they grow so little each year that you don't notice it.

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  5. That's such a shame Red, and especially to such a lovely Ash tree. In our area there is a blanket TPO (tree preservation order), and so a potential £10,000 fine for taking down a tree without permission. Unfortunately, because of the high value of property in some areas, developers consider it cost effective to just take down any trees they wish, and pay the fine. I hope they replant a new Ash tree. Have a good weekend.

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    1. A new tree will be replanted but probably not an ash.

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  6. That's sad. I expect someone will be getting a hefty bill.

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    1. Money will be exchanged. I hope it's a lot.

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  7. That would really upset me to watch a tree being cut down for no good reason.

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    1. It's just lucky that somebody with authority went by and could report it.

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  8. We have large fines in this area for mistakes like this. You have to get a permit to cut down ANY tree on your property, and of course, you cannot cut down trees on property you do not own.

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    1. I think that would be a good plan to have here.

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    1. I hope everybody learned from it.

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  10. So sad when a tree is fallen like this, and even sadder when it happens due to a mistake :(

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    1. The mistake situation is what bothers me.

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  11. It's sad to see trees being cut down, but sometimes they need to be if they're not planted correctly. We had to take one down in the front of our house a couple of years ago. Previous owners of our house had planted it themselves, much too close to the house, and not in a very good place. There was real concern about the roots causing damage to the building's foundation, and to underground pipes. The falling leaves were also clogging up gutters, and so on... It broke my heart to see that tree come down. I don't know what the previous owners of this home were thinking...

    On the other hand, if a tree is planted correctly, and there is no threat of damage from it, it should be left alone. Trees are very beneficial, and they add beauty to the environment. We've planted 4 new ones since we moved to this house. I guess we made up for the one we cut down? LOL...

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    1. It's interesting to fly over different areas and note the trees. There's tremendous tree cover in Chicago and very little in Dallas Ft. Worth.

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  12. Sad to see any tree harmed. I love to see ones I have planted still standing.

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    1. Not many people get to see that situation. I like to go back to the farm and see the changes in the shelter belt.

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  13. Oh my, what a shame. I would hazard a guess that the new neighbors have not endeared themselves to the neighborhood.
    (We bought our previous house in 1973 - living there for 22 years - so hearing that you'd been in yours since 1970 struck a chord.)

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    1. These new guys did all this before they met anybody.

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  14. Why would anybody want to take down a tree? I have a hard time understanding it. Sorry to hear of their demise. :-(

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  15. i really hate to lose old trees. by mistake, by mother nature's wrath, by 'progress' most of all.

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    1. There are natural processes in a tree's life.

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  16. Vandalism. Wanton destruction.

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    1. In this case , that's all it was...wanton destruction.

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    1. It's a case of act now think later.

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  18. That is a sad story, why want someone to have a tree removed?

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  19. I've seen this happen too often. And its always due to someones ignorance.

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  20. It's always sad when a tree dies or is cut down. Too bad your neighborhood lost one of its ornaments.

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  21. What a shame! To think of the years it took for the tree to grow.

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  22. Mistake or not.. why would then want to cut down a tree. I say that but we did have to fell one on our property in order to build our addition. And that was a very difficult decision to make. But just for the sake of it? I don't get it.

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  23. It's always so sad to see a tree come down, especially one that has grown up with you. What a shame.

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