I'm So Furious About This

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
June 7, 2008 8:27am CST
Well chaulk all this to so-called progress and your tax dollars at work and I hate it. I have lived in this neighborhood nearly all my life...I literally grew up here. On my block are or should say were beautiful trees all lining up and down my block. Well early this morning beginning around 8:00 a.m. I hear the hideous sound of saws...yup you can guess...all up and down the block men were cutting down large sections of each tree on the block...Now yes, I could see them cutting dead limbs and branches of trees..but perfectly healthy ones??? Does this make sense? There are NO, beautiful sweeping lower limbs or branches on any of the trees now...no wonderful shade.. ..Just the other day I was thinking how beautiful this one lower branch of the tree was, that is right in front of my second story window apt--it's like they hardly left any tree at all now...The guy must have thought I was absolutely nuts cause I started yelling and cursing at him "Are you going to leave any fricking tree left??? Like gee, why don't you just cut the whole tree down since you're doing such a hatchet job. There are also a lot of birds in the area..did they observe while they were cutting down all these branches and limbs from the trees if any nests were around? I know maybe some of you might think I'm getting upset maybe over nothing and some may think I'm daft for reacting this way...but like I said I grew up in the neighborhood all my life just about...with all these trees as sort of my friends---And yes I'm a tree lover I HATE SO CALLED PROGRESS---the trees look hideous now... Does anyone else get annoyed about something like this? Do you hate to see something so beautiful as a tree being hacked at and destroyed for no reason at all? Do any of you love trees the way I do?
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26 responses
• United States
8 Jun 08
my city does this all the time.they're too lazy to maintain the larger mature trees,so they cut them down and plant new smaller wimpy ones,which look like charlie brown's christmas tree. then we get the people who holler for bigger trees to be cut down because of course, their kid is gonna make a beeline for it,and fall out and bust his head open.uh..then why don't you watch your kid,then he can't..durrr.. i hate them ruining perfectly good trees.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jun 08
They did that years and years ago....cut down all the trees on this one avenue near me...these were old trees to. They did replant them, but none of the replanted trees survived...another brilliant idea
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• United States
8 Jun 08
same here.i miss the grand old trees. and i'm sure the squirrels do too.
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@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
8 Jun 08
That's terrible! How much did they cut? Do you have before/after pictures? I would like to see. I love trees, but what you describe seems like they removed all the tree branches. That's not good, how do they expect them to live? I don't know why they are doing that at all! I'm angry just thinking about it. What is the point of planting the trees if they want to kill them? Waaaahhhh! Pablo
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jun 08
They did cut an awful lot of major limbs of the trees and branches...nope unfortunately have no "before" pictures. None of us here in the neighborhood even knew they were going to do this at all..I've filed major complaints to every environmental organization here in the area and even tracked down the company responsible for this and emailed them
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@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
8 Jun 08
Aww Pye..this is so sad since trees have feelings too! i just hate seeing trees cut. Now if they have a disease or its blocking lines or is blocking the way to see cars coming on the road..well a bit of a trim i can understand but this sounds like destruction! Hope you find out what happened.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jun 08
No none of the trees were diseased or blocking any power lines, and none of the "lower" branches were that low to obstruct any vision for cars..I've been busy all day filing complaints about this and even emailed company that was responsible that for a "tree expert" company they weren't exactly "expert"
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@pismeof (855)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I don't blame you for being upset about all the trees getting sawed down in the neighborhood.Without the trees where would the squirrels and the birds live? I live in a residential area with a reasonable amount of forestry left and appreciate the sights and sounds the little critters provide. I have even noticed varieties of bird not here when I was younger.My guess is deforestation elsewhere has driven them here to reside. Does your community have an explaination for cutting the trees or are they just trimming for clearance of electrical lines?
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I think a lot of these jerks don't realize that when you do cut trees down like that, you're not only affecting the trees, but the habitats of where birds live..sheesh
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@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
7 Jun 08
i guess, it's the same feeling when someone is trying to cut your hair for the first time. you just hate it. the trees needs trimming from time to time to make room for new branches to grow and making them live longer and secondly, for safety purposes, in case of storms. i am a nature lover myself but there are necessary evils that we have to live with.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Jun 08
Yes I can see the need to trim trees, but these guys did a real hatchet job of it. Years ago, they "trimmed" the trees...did any new growth come as a result? A big NO...and since they did such a lopsided job of it, the trees are now weaker...as one poster mentioned weakening a tree like that could make the tree completely fall down in a good gust of wind or storm
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
7 Jun 08
Hi pyewacket! I completely understand how you feel because I feel the same way too whenever tress are being destroyed. Most of the trees that were in the highways in our city were all completely destroyed. It was so beautiful then and i remember when I was a child, I usually recite the poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer as we are passing by those trees and my mother will usually hold me tighter whenever she hears me recite the poem. I am really sad and upset when I see people cutting down trees. I wonder why can't they appreciate it as much as I do. Take care and God bless!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I never read that poem...think I'll have too now...No, you're right though, no one, or at least not too many people seem to appreciate the beauty of trees, their shade and giving us even a sense of privacy, especially when you live on a block, where across the street is another large apartment..so gee, now people can look into our apartments more..
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Oh my...yes..with reading the poem I HAVE heard it before..I just never knew who wrote it..thanks for sharing it..love it!
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
9 Jun 08
You're most welcome my friend.
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@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
7 Jun 08
We live in concrete city, no grass, a few trees that like you said look sick and partial now, I don't understand why they do this. I guess the team that went over to your block is the same team that is here now because they are doing the same thing over here. As a matter of fact I can hear the saws right now so I guess they are working on destroying any beauty we deserve to see and enjoy.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Jun 08
Well how do your trees look now? Did they do a hatchet job on your block of trees? Some folks think that pruning the trees pave way for more growth...uh, nope...they did a pruning job of the trees some six years ago, and no new offshoots came as a result
@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
8 Jun 08
This was no pruning, they chopped and it looks like stumps to me. Gee I wonder if they chopped outside of mayor Doomberg's house.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jun 08
You should only know all the emails I've been writing..and snail mail letters..I made a complaint to DEP, Congressman Crowley's office, Helen Sears, SaveATree, and about five other environmental organizations about this and even wrote to the "tree expert" company themselves...the name was ASPLUNDH and you can find their website...I pointed out that they did EVERYTHING wrong about this "pruning" which isn't supposed to be done this time of year as the trees can go into "shock" -they also didn't use any sealant so now the trees can be exposed to airborne tree diseases, so they might all die off anyway. If I thought it do any good I would write to Doomberg himself but that yutz won't do anything You wouldn't by any chance want to get in the action of a writing campaign...would you about this? Okay the damage is done already...but still can voice our protests about this--when I was walking home today, I looked down 82nd street (between 45th and broadway)--the trees have signs up...so that block is going to be zapped next.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
15 Jun 08
a couple of years back, the city cut down beautiful over 100 year old trees on my street because the roots were growing into the the homes, breaking all the foundations, so they had no choice. Yes the street looked barren after that but they said they had no other choice.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Jun 08
That's a real shame...a shame especially since when you think of it, it was perhaps bad planning years, and years ago to build homes the way they did and not account for the trees growing more in the future..
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
16 Jun 08
this is city blocks, they had no choices but to build apartment buildings for people to live, there was always houses in my area, it is one of the oldest in montreal, dating back some 200 hundred years or so, or of course old building were torn down but new had to be put up right after wards, the trees were in between the pavement on the sidewalks, it is still the same way where I live now, we have trees all along the street and one right in front of our house.
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@polachicago (19075)
• United States
7 Jun 08
where is my nest? - tree cut to nothing...
I took a picture of similar tree. No leaves, no nest, just dove wandering around and searching for what used to be his home....
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Jun 08
That really is so sad pola What was really sad, as I was watching...after the jerks left, leaving all the branches and limbs of the trees all over the place, the birds were coming down and it was like they were looking at the branches/limbs of their "homes" that were no more
@polachicago (19075)
• United States
7 Jun 08
...and they are paid from tax money....
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
7 Jun 08
The only time they touch the trees in out neighbor hood is if they hang to far in to the street or in the way of power lines now I understand them cutting these branches away wouldnt want the to catch on fire at any time and I dont have to pay for it but to take and cut them so they do no good and look horrible thats just not right and at this time of year they have probably killed most of them so they wont grow again
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Jun 08
Yes I could understand cutting limbs/branches of trees that might be touching power lines, but most of them weren't, so you try and figure that logic out
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
8 Jun 08
ya got me I just hope they dont stop growing for its the wrong time of year to cut that far back!
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@gemini_rose (16193)
7 Jun 08
Pyewacket, I would feel exactly the same way about it as you do. I love trees, they are so beautiful each tree telling a different story of the things it has seen. Each tree a silent witness to scenes that may have happened within its distance. They do cut them back too much, they have no idea of how to trim a tree. I have some beautiful trees in my garden. Recently a storm uprooted one half of one of my trees, this tree could have been replanted but no one wanted to do it. The neighbours were happy because it gave them more light in their conservatory and my hubby did not want to replant it and so it was just cut up without any thought and put to the rubbish. To say I was upset was an understatement.
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@gemini_rose (16193)
7 Jun 08
Yes I do love trees. It is OK for people to say that everytime a tree is cut down a new one will be replanted, but when the tree they cut down is years or hundreds of years old it is not good enough. Plus a new tree also takes a lot of years to reach adulthood (as a tree) it is not the same at all.
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• United States
7 Jun 08
You know I feel the EXACT same way! Why on earth did they cut them so much for?! What possible reason does it need it? I'm angry right along with you! That drives me crazy when they cut down trees for no reason or butcher them as well. Yes I understand that there are power lines and such in neighborhoods and yes trees around it should be trimmed every so often but I don't think that's the case you described.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Jun 08
Yes I could understand maybe pruning branches and limbs of trees if they are a danger to power lines, but many of the limbs/branches they cut down weren't in any harms way--I'm so ticked off about this
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• United States
8 Jun 08
I bet you are! I'd be furious too! In fact it does anger me.
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@wickedangel (1636)
• Dominican Republic
17 Jun 08
Go for it pyewacket, I absolutely HATE it when these ningcompoops think they know what they are doing and botch a job. And I especially HATE it when it is affecting a living thing. You are totally RIGHT to rant at this butchery. If they can't do a good and proper job then they shouldn't be doing it in the first place. Where are their references, who employed them, how come they got to chop 'your' trees down? Was it a back hander job? Did someone know someone in the company and give them the job? Sounds like it to me! Keep ranting because I hate it when trees are MUTILATED too. Poor things and at this time of year - duh.......
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Thanks ever for understanding my rant here. I have no idea whose genius brainchild this was to do this...sounds like the city government decided to hire these morons who call themselves tree experts..yeah, some experts. And just think, our tax dollars are paying for this too. I've done a lot of emailing to a lot of different places about this...would really like to see that tree expert company held accountable for this
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
8 Jun 08
I'm not sure why they would do it at this time of year, normally if you are going to do major pruning or cutting of well established trees you do it when the sap is down. Doing at this time of year can put the tree into shock. We had our large tree trimmed back before winter really hit, we still get shade from it but it really needed a good cut back to promote new growth. I love having shade and it helps with cooling cost in the summer, I just can't figure out why they did it at this time of year.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Yes, I know..I've been reading up all on the pruning of trees, and this is definitely the wrong time of year to be doing such a major pruning job...and this company, that did this they're supposed to be "tree experts"--yeah sure.
• United States
8 Jun 08
I understand where you are coming from. I live in a beautiful city with many, many old oak trees with spanish moss lining the streets in beautiful canopies. When the powers that be decide to chop them down the local residents are always in an uproar.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Yikes you mean they chop down those beautiful and ancient oak trees with the moss...I've seen scores of photos of trees like that from the Southern states..especially the ones you find on the old time plantation types homes, and it just wouldn't be the "south" without those trees.
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
i do, i do... though we're from different countries, we're experiencing the same here... i was just ranting to my officemates last week about the possibility of having no virgin forests left anyomre in our country, which really pisses me off because i haven't gone see any forest of that sort. the last time i went hiking, our destination's half barren mountain because of logging. that's why i also hate progress, measured that way.. you know, destroying natural habitats and resources in favor of large buildings, road widening, golf courses, etc. the development planner sucks real bigtime with such mindset
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Yes, I'm not one for so-called "progress" either...despite all the so-called "awareness" by environmental issues we're still destroying our planet aren't we? Like gee, when are we going to learn our lesson?
@AmbiePam (49081)
• United States
8 Jun 08
What a waste. Just yesterday morning I came out of my apartment and up the stairs to discover the beautiful tree overlooking a bench at the front of the complex had been cut down to its stump. I have no idea why. In bloom it was gorgeous, and it provided shade for those who were relaxing on the bench beneath it. Of course there were no power lines for it to tangle in, it didn't have a sap that would take the paint off cars, nothing. The only thing I can think of, is that the manager didn't want people sitting outside on that bench anymore, so they cut the tree down. It would make more sense if they had just removed the bench.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Now that really is stupidity in the making..yes, why not just remove the bench, instead of chopping down a beautiful live tree that took so many years to grow.
• United States
8 Jun 08
Ain't progress great? Not the best grammar, but it's fitting. You are not the only one bothered by this. I hate seeing trees cut down. Reminds me of the Joni Mitchell song Big Yellow Taxi. "They paved paradise and put in a parking lot." I live in the country so we don't run into this too often. The house I grew up in, though had two huge walnut trees in the backyard. I loved it. We would take walnuts and a hammer and pop them through a pvc pipe to shuck them. Then they got laid out on a couple of old crib springs with mesh over them that my dad hung in the attic to dry. It was so nice to have those walnuts. I went by the house a while back and they were gone. It felt like I lost a part of my childhood.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jun 08
To quote you..."I went by the house a while back and they were gone. It felt like I lost a part of my childhood." That's exactly how I'm feeling now, with the way this "tree expert" company mutilated these beautiful trees. And yes, am familiar with that Joni Mitchell song..and am a fan of hers
• United States
8 Jun 08
I love a beautiful tree, and I don't understand why they insist on messing them up....our downtown area had lovely small trees all along main street. A couple of months ago they cut every single one down completely, because of the downtown revitalization project....they say don't worry we are going to replace them...how nice, but geez it is such a waste.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Like duh...why did they have to cut down the trees in the first place if they are going to replant new ones...doesn't make sense..did you know it cost about $200.00 minimum to replant a tree..just one tree?
• United States
8 Jun 08
I agree! I hate to see them cutting and mutilating trees! It's just a shame. I mean, we need the oxygen for one thing! Birds, squirrels and other animals lose their homes! It's terrible. After a hurricane, I had to have our weeping willow cut down. It was huge! We literally cried when we saw it after the hurricane. Here, the state goes along the banks with huge mowers cutting down everything. Then they end up putting the very same plants on the "endangered" list for the state. I wish they could see what idiocy they practice!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Oh gee, that's really "brilliant" that in your area the very plants or trees they cut down are then put on the endangered list...