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Old 10-11-12, 10:38 AM
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Anyone else noticed large scale tree cutting along the bikepath?

The last couple of days I've noticed the familiar "road work ahead" signs we see during the warmer months, but this week they were along the bikepath instead of the road. My hopes of having the curves and bumps removed from the bikepath didn't last too long, and this morning there were 2 tree trimming crews out cutting down all the (healthy) trees under the high tension power lines. I stopped and asked one of the workers why they were cutting the trees down, and was told it was a new regulation. Has anyone else seen this?
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^ what bike path were you riding?
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There's always the desire to pre-empt tree damage to powerlines but I don't think that's related to regulation. There is a panic about the spread of emerald ash borers now and there may be some requirement to remove infested trees. Here's a map:


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Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
^ what bike path were you riding?
It doesn't have a name, but it runs just north of Dempster Street in Des Plaines and Mount Prospect. https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sou...t+Prospect,+ILshows a big part of it.

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There's always the desire to pre-empt tree damage to powerlines but I don't think that's related to regulation. There is a panic about the spread of emerald ash borers now and there may be some requirement to remove infested trees. Here's a map:


We had a lot of ash trees cut down in my neighborhood earlier this year, but these weren't ash trees. When these guys get to the woodchipper stage it's going to look like the end of Fargo, eh?
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The utility companies are getting agressive about cutting trees near power lines. Probably too agressive, although it was a tree limb that allegedly caused the big power failure that blacked out almost 1/3 of the US and Canada in 2003.
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In Massachusetts the power company is out in force with the tree cutting. Anything hanging over power lines are being cut, leaving some trees shaped like a bit Y and some just an I, with all the branches cut off. This is due to all the trouble and fines they faced after the ice storms. Tree limb removal is supposed to be done annually, but they slacked off. Now they are trying to make up for it and are just cutting everything. As a property owner you have no say. If it's your tree hanging over their lines it's getting cut.
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
The utility companies are getting agressive about cutting trees near power lines. Probably too agressive, although it was a tree limb that allegedly caused the big power failure that blacked out almost 1/3 of the US and Canada in 2003.
These guys weren't trimming, they were leaving stumps. It was pretty sad.
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PDX has a nickname of 'Stumptown'..

After the 12 '07 blow, the trees left as a 'View Corridor' on 26 were considered a threat,
now everyone sees the clearcut that was behind the fringe of standing timber..

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they should cut the electric lines, not the trees.
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Interesting - on my way home from work there was a section of trail almost completely cut off from tree cutting. These weren't limbs but tree trunks, some easily 3' diameter. It'll be interesting to see what's left Monday.

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Here, there is huge damage to the ash trees from the emerald ash borer. Word from the tree experts is that this will wipe out the ash trees to the same level that dutch elm wiped out elm trees. It's starting to move through here now and with the drought killed huge numbers of trees. Even more in Wisconsin (slightly south).

All the utilities that have to worry about trees falling on power lines are really on this one so that they get ahead of dead trees falling on power lines when the borer gets to them.

It's going to be a good few years to be in the tree trimming business....

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I noticed this last month and also again today. Completely cutting everything below the power lines. The trail looks very different now.
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In these parts (north Florida), they've gotten much more aggressive in their 'trimming' practices as a cost saving measure. Cut everything back much more than prior practice and you don't have to send the crews back to the same place as often.
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All I've seen locally is the ongoing effort to control/eradicate buckthorn and some other invasive species.
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I work in a historic town square are of a small town, and there have been crews around lately butchering LARGE old 100-200+ year old trees. The residents of the area have been pretty mad about it.
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They've been cutting trees along the MUP here as well. They're not taking them all, just thinning them out. Mostly the new-growth stuff that has sprouted up in the last 15 years or so. The only large trees I've seen them remove were ones that were rotten and going to fall on their own.
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Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
Here, there is huge damage to the ash trees from the emerald ash borer. Word from the tree experts is that this will wipe out the ash trees to the same level that dutch elm wiped out elm trees. It's starting to move through here now and with the drought killed huge numbers of trees. Even more in Wisconsin (slightly south).

All the utilities that have to worry about trees falling on power lines are really on this one so that they get ahead of dead trees falling on power lines when the borer gets to them.

It's going to be a good few years to be in the tree trimming business....

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Probably what's going on here - if I knew the difference between an ash and an elm I could confirm!
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Here's a good link on the whole problem and identification

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfeIszMuUgk

Looks like they went from Michigan to Indiana as two of the first two states hit with it and then it's working it's way around the midwest.

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer...ash_trees.html



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Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
they should cut the electric lines, not the trees.
Ironically posted from a computer that uses, yes, electricity.
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Remember Easter Island:- it used to be covered in trees and had a thriving population. Now it has not a single tree and the population completely erased..........Wonder what that government worker who cut down the last tree was thinking as he did it. (Don't tell me there wasn't a government, there would have been someone pulling the strings, holding power over the plebs, looking after their own self interests).
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We let the tornados take our trees down.
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Originally Posted by gmt13 View Post
There's always the desire to pre-empt tree damage to powerlines but I don't think that's related to regulation. There is a panic about the spread of emerald ash borers now and there may be some requirement to remove infested trees. Here's a map:


If they do that in our area it's cause of the freak wind we've been having. 1/3 of the mass of a massive tree gets ripped off and destroys anything it lands on.
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Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
Here's a good link on the whole problem and identification

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfeIszMuUgk

Looks like they went from Michigan to Indiana as two of the first two states hit with it and then it's working it's way around the midwest.

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer...ash_trees.html



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Yeah, they say we could lose most of the ash trees in the state. Sorta bizarre
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We're hearing the same thing. Apparently this insect kills virtually 100% of the trees that it uses as a host. Our tree guys here are expecting pretty much the ash trees being pretty much wiped out. I think we have almost a billion of them here in MN. Lots of the municipalities planted ash trees to replace elm trees and now those are going too.

I worked on a golf course when I was in college when dutch elm went through. I was there in the third year of it and I think we removed something like 80 trees on a 72 hole golf course that summer. I don't think there was a single one left when it was all over.

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