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Re: Iconic tree to be preemptively removed

Subject: Re: Iconic tree to be preemptively removed
From: Lisa Sanderson
Date: Dec 04 2021 18:02:55
Michael, I agree, I'm continually astounded by the tree care <ahem> in the
Toronto / Etobicoke suburbs.   Butchery at its best.  It's like being in
the wilds of Africa, surrounded by the most swishy of lion's tails.  Sad to
watch this very leafy, old treed neighbourhood lose its trees over time due
to mismanagement.  Not so long ago I went out to watch them remove a city
tree on the corner that used to do a grand job of screening some eye sores
from our place.  Asked about their training and they assured me they were
very well trained and that the tree must come down.  It had a small wound
at the base and the cut stump revealed a small area of decay.  The city
tree on our lawn and many of our neighbours' lawns have been lion's tailed,
resulting in partial crown failures this summer.  Entertaining to watch
them follow this event by lion's tailing some others they'd missed the
first time round.

Lisa Sanderson

On Sat, 4 Dec 2021 at 11:22, Russ Carlson <thearborist@xxxx.com> wrote:

All true, Michael. Yes, there are some qualified arborist on staff, but
far too few for their tasks. Better management can always be cited, and
hindsight is always 20/20.

I mentioned budget: it is a real factor in many aspects. How much is
needed to manage a quarter million trees individually I a major city?
Instead of lamenting the loss of one notable/prominent tree, I’d rather see
more progress to work with what’s left.


- -
  Russ Carlson, RCA
     via iPhone

On Dec 4, 2021, at 8:50 AM, Michael Richardson <
richardsontreecare@xxxxxx.com> wrote:

Russ, while it is too late for this tree, does the municipality not
have an
educated arborist who could have recommended treatment years ago to
prolong
life?  They have the tree ringed in snow fence, they have free wood chips
from their trimming/removal activities, and soils decompaction could have
been done via wood chips or with some very simple techniques (inexpensive
techniques).

As is common in North America, lack of intervention has led to decline
and
death.  It is about time that tree preservation be taken seriously and
"arborists" either receive serious training or pass work on to those that
are capable.




Michael Richardson B.Sc.F., BCMA
Ontario MTCU Qualified Arborist
Richardson Tree Care
Richardsontreecare.ca
613-475-2877
800-769-9183

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On Sat, Dec 4, 2021 at 8:33 AM Russ Carlson <thearborist@xxxx.com>
wrote:

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I've seen this tree a few times. It sits on top of a hill, much
frequented by park visitors. One of the most photographed trees in
Philadelphia. It has been in decline for several years, now dropping
sizeable limbs. The decision to remove was not taken lightly, and was
made by arborists, not pols. I have not worked much with ancient tree
techniques (not sure if 90 years qualifies in any way) nor with
retrenchment techniques. However, I do not think it would do more than
reduce the risk temporarily while the tree finishes dying. The city
cannot afford to spend money on keeping one tree around a few years
longer while there are hundreds that need attention or removal. The
money
is not in the budget for that.


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On 12/4/21 1:51 AM, Wayne Tyson wrote:



https://6abc.com/belmont-maple-iconic-trees-philly-tress-philadelphia-parks-and-recreation/11294253/

 Comments?

 WT






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