Planting 4oo trees

@savypat (20247)
United States
February 16, 2011 11:54am CST
For those who don't remember we have a neighbor who just moved in and one of the first things he did was clear the stream bank, this is a big no no because the growth on the bank is the the only thing that holds the bank during the yearly floods. The agriculture police came and told him he has two months to replace the planting on this bank. His time is up this week and he says he is going to plant 400 trees. This guy has no clue and listens to no one unless they threaten him with fines. 4oo little trees are not going to hold that bank, they have only little roots, nothing like the growth he cleared out. On top of that once planted they die off, he will be lucky to get 25 of them to grow. We told him about a grass that he could have planted that grows fast and puts down deep roots, but he didn't listen, after all the 400 trees are free. It's just frustrating to know how to fix a problem and yet you can't get anyone to listen. I guess that's just part of life and we will end up in court when our barn goes do to an uncontrolled flood. Some days I feel I'm just to old for these things.
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13 responses
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
16 Feb 11
Can't you contact the agriculture police and tell them how clueless the guy is and how many problems he will cause? Mention the loss of your barn, too. The guy needs advice from an "official". He sounds like one of those know it alls that will only believe an "official" and thinks everyone else is a dummy.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
17 Feb 11
We even gave the agriculture people pictures of what happened to us and a copy of the bill of $50,000.00 that it took to repaire. We spent ten years building a protective surface to keep a flood from doing this again to our side of the creek.
@JohnMach (556)
• Philippines
16 Feb 11
400 trees is too many. Maybe he's insane or something. Maybe he'll listen if you bumped his head on a tree. LOL
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@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
16 Feb 11
oh I know this issue very well. I just started another discussion about people who are not willing to listen (ie. to admit mistakes). Erosion is one of the worst things that can happen to the ground. He should definitely listen to you.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
16 Feb 11
Wow, that wasn't too smart. So in a weeks time he thinks planting trees now, during probably the rainiest season for you, will keep back the water? This should prove to be interesting..
@rameshchow (5284)
• India
17 Feb 11
In my village there is an uneducated person is there. He is the contractor of cutting trees. There fifteen above workers are working under him for less salary. He is buying big big trees for low cost and cutting all those trees. The trees owner also using trees for their financial purpose only. I am trying my level best to stop the cutting of trees. But it still fastly moving in my village. I don't know how to stop it. Weekly two time a lorry is filled with the tree sticks. Cutting trees is a simple job, but it is so hard to grown up them.
@savypat (20247)
• United States
17 Feb 11
It's impossible to stop this unless you at least have some laws to back you up. We have destroyed many of our forests in this country, now we have some laws and still it is a constant fight in the courts to control this.
• India
18 Feb 11
yes, we need the courts...
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@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
17 Feb 11
I can't believe he cleared it at the start... shouldn't you know things like this if you're going to live near the bank.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
17 Feb 11
People who live in the city never think about water ways, they are so use to concrete banks that they never think what is holding the bank on wild water. It's a common mistake, they just look at the brush as weeds and want to get rid of it so they can see the creek from the house. I fear he's going to see much more of that creek then he bargined for in the next few years.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
17 Feb 11
Tsk tsk. I would totally research and get to know where I'm going to put my life at before I ever move anywhere.
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@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
16 Feb 11
Is the property his or county owned? If it is not his property, why can't just anyone go and plant some of the grass you mentioned? I think I'd be toddling down there and spreading some grass seeds. If it roots quickly, it need to be seeded as soon as possible. Perhaps you could get several neighbors together and all of you go talk to him with seeds in hand?
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
17 Feb 11
The property is his, but there are state laws that protect the water ways no matter who owns them. You have to remember how poor this state is at the preseent time, just as many other states are suffering. None of us have extra money to spend. I had hoped the state would help him repair what he did and fine him if he didn't do the work. So they gave him the trees, should have given him grass seed also. We have know sales tax here, so the state already eats the property owner alive with tax increases.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
19 Feb 11
I know what you mean...Some folks are just too stubborn for their own good. This guy will probably be responsible for more problems...Isn’t there anyone in authority you can ask to assist you before you lose your barn and the whole thing does hit the courts? I hope you sort it out. This guy reminds me of my father, he is stubborn and arrogant like that, he thinks he knows so much better than anybody else even when, clearly, he doesn’t!
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@myloots (37)
• Philippines
17 Feb 11
yeah, some people believe only themselves even if they are wrong or they have less idea and opinion. They have a pleasure of "doing what they want and succeed" I am that kind of person too sometimes. All people have an attitude of these, but our only difference is the self control or the self discipline about these matter. I am self discipline person so no problem with me regards of these.
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
17 Feb 11
It is against the law to cut any trees near lakes, stream, rivers etc where I live. There is a hefty fine if you do. Once in a while, we will see where a logging company gets a fine for cutting too close to a stream etc in the newspaper.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
17 Feb 11
It is hard to put sense on people who are adamant to stick to their own limited thinking brain. They have this 'I know better' sealed into their brains without taking into considerations of the implications of their actions. Nothing can be done except to face the music in the court of law. That will make him taste his own bitter pills.
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@GardenGerty (96670)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Feb 11
It is too bad he cannot recognize that your years are good for something besides taking up space. How does he think he is going to get four hundred trees planted in a week and do a good job of it? I hope your barn remains safe.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Feb 11
I do remember that. so he thinks he has a solution, does he? Some people just always have to learn the hard way....
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