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Re: WAS Royal Paulownia NOW tree topping


Our power company has a pretty aggressive tree-cutting policy. We have to
have it because of the number of ice storms we get. However, it's an EMC
(Electric Membership Corporation), and as such, since we're member-owners,
it's pretty responsive. The crews use buckets instead of climbing, and
generally do proper 3 point cuts at the proper point.

The county, however, is out of control.

daryl  ( who remembers a freak snowstorm like that in New Jersey in - maybe
1979. One of the reasons we moved south!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jesse Bell" <jesserenebell@hotmail.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2004 2:57 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] WAS Royal Paulownia NOW tree topping

> When I lived in Kansas City eight years ago, we had a FREAK early snow in
> OCTOBER.  It was the big, heavy wet flakes that stick.  The leaves had not
> fallen off the trees yet!  So the weight of the snow snapped tree branches
> all over the city and we were without power for seven days.  Three people
> died because they walked out into their yards...in the snow...with power
> lines down and they were electrocuted.  I worked for a company that owned
> the utility company that had to answer the question of "WHY didn't they
> the trees away from the power lines??"  Well, so many people had
> they hadn't done it for 2-3 years.  It was a huge mess to deal with.
> Jesse Rene' Bell
> Claremore, OK
> Zone 6
> >From: "Daryl" <pulis@mindspring.com>
> >Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
> >To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >Subject: Re: [CHAT] WAS Royal Paulownia NOW tree topping
> >Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2004 14:42:54 -0500
> >
> >Zem,
> >
> >Our county has the same. They rip miles and miles of limbs off the trees
> >with the same justification. Here, of course, we do have ice storms every
> >year or two. The only problem is that the machine can only go about 15'
> >high, so if they miss a road for a few years, the branches are all *above
> >their reach, and hanging over the road.
> >
> >One year, they were apparently so frustrated that they cut right to the
> >wire
> >on about 300' of my fence line, then came back and gave it a buzz cut at
> >fence level. Never mind that 160 of those feet were 8x8' shrub roses
> >to just hide the fence while staying away from the road. That was the
> >yard. The side had several dozen native trees and shrubs, again chosen to
> >hide the fence, while also providing wildlife habitat. And then there
> >the pines and the oak at the corner, limbs shredded as you describe.
> >I was physically ill when I saw the destruction as I drove home from work
> >that evening.
> >
> >Daryl ( near "Deliverance" territory)

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