And Now The News …

Greenfield, Massachusetts, Recorder, April 24, 2018: Residents taking city to court over tree removal

Some residents who want to protect shade trees are bringing the city to court over a plan to chop down healthy trees in a residential neighborhood so Berkshire Gas can more easily install gas lines. A hearing on a request for a preliminary injunction to stop the tree removal is scheduled for Monday, April 30, in Franklin County Superior Court. The case comes as residents have attempted to stop Greenfield from removing seven trees on Norwood Street where Berkshire Gas is replacing gas lines. “These are healthy trees,” complained Glen Ayers of 254 Davis St., who filed the complaint against the city with 21 others. “The only reason for removal of these trees is to facilitate the installation of a gas line.”  According to Ayers’ partner, Mary Chicoine, the removal of trees is affecting the public benefit that the trees provide, including improved cooling of homes and decreased flooding and storm water run off by the absorption of water through root systems, branches and leaves…

Chicago, Illinois, WLS-TV, April 24, 2018: Arlington Heights church’s expansion plans endanger 125-year-old tree

Saint Edna Catholic Church in west suburban Arlington Heights has announced expansion plans that endanger a very old tree. The parish will add a building and more parking in order to expand programs at the church. The plan presented to the village would also plant 46 new trees and remove 14, including a 125-year-old silver maple. “It’s a tree that changes with the seasons and it’s a maple tree. It’s very very colorful,” said Keith Grossich, parishioner and neighbor. Grossich actually supports the expansion, but not removing what he called the “majestic maple. One of the things that a little bit unsettling to me is it seems think they could try a little bit harder,” he said…

Realty Biz News, April 24, 2018: Boosting property value: What types of trees affect your home value

When most people consider upgrading their homes to boost their property value, they are thinking about the house itself. Often, the yard and landscaping gets neglected. However, adding landscaping and trees to your house can actually give you a solid return on your investment, even more so than anything interior. According to HGTV, studies have actually shown that homeowners get a 100 percent or more return on their money when they invest in landscaping, particularly in trees. But before you jump up and run to your nearest gardening supply store, you need to understand that the opposite can hold true as well. Some trees can negatively affect your home’s value and need to be avoided. So how do you know which ones to plant and which ones to steer clear of? Here is a helpful explanation. Not only do they look pretty, but flowering and leafy trees give off more oxygen, making their surroundings naturally healthier. They also provide shade from the heat, helping your home weather the sun’s intense rays better and prolonging inevitable upkeep. In some cases, trees can even protect your home from fires…

Environment & Energy News, April 24, 2018: Trees might cool things down more than scientists thought

It’s a well-established fact that forests are some of the world’s most important assets in the fight against climate change. They store vast amounts of carbon, while degrading or destroying them can release that carbon back into the atmosphere. But research suggests global forests protect the climate in another way, as well — they can actually help cool down their environment. “This is also important and comes into play when it comes to considering replanting forests and so on,” said Quentin Lejeune of the Berlin-based climate science nonprofit Climate Analytics. “It’s not only the carbon, but it can also influence the local climate.” A new study, led by Lejeune and just published in the journal Nature Climate Change, suggests that deforestation in the Northern Hemisphere has upset that cooling effect and helped make hot days even more intense. That’s on top of the influence of ongoing human-caused climate change…

Winchester, Kentucky, Sun, April 23, 2018: City removes trees causing pavement upheaval downtown, plans to replace

Main Street will look slightly less green for a little while as the City of Winchester has recently removed invasive trees from the sidewalks. Donnie Campbell of T&T Tree Service said a crew worked Saturday morning to remove the last of five trees — two from North Main Street and three from South Main Street. Crews cut the trees and then ground out the stumps. Shanda Cecil, Winchester Tree Board chairman, said the trees were removed because the roots were growing into the sidewalks causing upheaval of the pavement. However, the trees will be replaced with more appropriate trees once some repairs can be made to the sidewalks, she said. “When we are able to replace the trees, we will be using some new technology that will improve the condition of the trees downtown,” Cecil said…

Minneapolis, Minnesota, Star-Tribune, April 23, 2018: Iron Range man admits stealing birch trees on state land

An Iron Range man will pay a fine and restitution for cutting down and stealing roughly 1,200 birch trees from state land in northern Minnesota. It marks the first case of “timber trespass” involving birch trees yielding a charge above a misdemeanor, state officials said. David A. Lawrence, 41, of Aurora, pleaded guilty last week in St. Louis County District Court to timber trespass on state lands, a gross misdemeanor, in connection with stealing the paper-barked trees, which are a popular form of home decor and the target of illegal harvesting in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The agreement calls for Lawrence to serve one year of unsupervised probation, pay a $900 fine and make restitution for the damage he inflicted over a few days in March 2017 southwest of Embarrass in woods off Tower Biwabik Road. The felled trees were valued at roughly $3,400, which includes the trees and the cost to repair the damage to the woodlands, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). A harvester can generally sell each tree, referred to as a pole, for about $1…

Bridgeport, Connecticut, Connecticut Post, April 23, 2018: Town bids farewell to iconic, 200-year-old copper beech tree

Officials in a western New York town are bidding a sad farewell to an iconic 200-year-old tree. A public ceremony is planned Monday evening to commemorate the tree that towers over Copper Beech Park in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford. It’s dying from a devastating fungus. Town Supervisor Bill Smith tells WHEC that a lot of people think of the copper beech as a dear old friend. It’s even used in the town’s logo. Before it’s cut down, officials plan to photograph initials carved into its smooth bark by generations of young people. But pieces of the tree will live on. Cuttings have sprouted into more than 100 saplings that will be planted around town — but not in Copper Beech Park, where the soil is contaminated with the fungus…

Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Republican-Herald, April 24, 2018: Trees planted with charcoal in soil to be studied for positive benefits

Trees planted Monday at St. Nicholas Picnic Grounds might have extra help in becoming healthy and robust. Half of the 12 trees received biochar, charcoal that is added to the soil to improve fertility and plant hydration. It is believed that biochar will give the trees a better chance at a longer life. “It has a lot of benefits for tree growth,” Frank Snyder, volunteer with the Schuylkill County Conservancy and retired state forester, said, adding that includes absorbing moisture and holding in nutrients. The trees that were planted are about 10 feet tall and 4 to 5 years old. All of the trees were pin oaks except one — a honey locust. The trees could live between 150 to 200 years, Snyder said. Snyder said it is a controlled study to see if the biochar produces noticeable positive results for the trees. However, time is needed for the tree to re-establish a home at a new location, he said…

Boulder, Colorado, Public News Service, April 23, 2018: Beautiful springtime trees causing ugly problem in Hoosier State

Drive around Indiana, or anywhere in the Midwest, and you’re likely to see some trees that turn green early and have a beautiful white bloom early in spring. They’re likely Bradford pears, but state officials aren’t big fans and are asking residents to avoid planting them. Megan Abraham, director of the Department of Natural Resources says they’ve become very popular because they’re inexpensive and grow quickly. The problem is they’ve become invasive, taking over space where native grasses and plants, along with oak, maple or hickory trees should be. When Bradford pears first came on the market it was thought that they were sterile, but then they started cross-pollinating, and new varieties started flowering. “Which meant that the birds could feed off of them, and the birds are moving them now to some areas that aren’t forested where they’re able to out-compete some of the native trees and forbs and grasses, changing some of these ecosystems around us,” she explains. Abraham says millions of dollars a year are spent on pear trees in Indiana, and not only are they harming native vegetation, they’re not very sturdy and snap easily because they grow so fast…

Joplin, Missouri, Globe, April 22, 2018: As trees bloom, Missouri officials encourage more planting of dogwoods

With spring in full swing, native trees such as dogwoods are starting to bloom in the area, attracting locals and nonlocals alike to witness their natural beauty. Flowering dogwood, the official tree of Missouri, has become a popular sight for thousands of visitors traveling to its native habitat in the southwest region. Local cities have organized dogwood tours for years to introduce people to the tree’s unique allure. Neosho, which calls itself the Flower Box City, has held annual dogwood tours for 57 years, with people coming from as far as Wichita, Kansas, and Omaha, Nebraska, just to see the trees in bloom. Roy Shaver, a member of the Neosho Rotary Club, said the tours began as a civic effort to draw attention to the city’s beauty. He believes the tour became popular in Neosho because there is an abundance of dogwoods in town; the city has mostly white dogwoods, although a few pink trees pop up in certain areas. “It’s just a bank of beauty,” Shaver said…

Austin, Texas, KXAN-TV, April 22, 2018: Authorities arrest man they say set tree on fire in NE Austin

Authorities arrested an 18-year-old man suspected of setting a tree on fire in northeast Austin Sunday evening, said the Austin Fire Department. It happened at about 6:37 p.m. in the 6900 block of Wentworth Drive near the Travis County Expo Center. When firefighters arrived, they found a tree on fire next to a two-story fourplex and a wooden privacy fence, AFD said. They said the fire was extinguished in less than 20 minutes and there were no injuries. Investigators determined the blaze was intentionally set, and the 18-year-old man was taken into custody…

Lodi, California, News-Sentinel, April 22, 2018: Green deed appears to backfire for Lodi trees

Someone looking to keep Lodi green apparently has a black thumb. According to Caltrans Project Manager John Oliva, in May of 2017 the City of Lodi, Caltrans and Love Lodi volunteers partnered together to plant 70 crepe myrtle trees for a beautification project on the eastbound side of Kettleman Lane between the Union Pacific railroad overpass and Stockton Street. A couple of months after the trees were planted, someone put high concentrations of fertilizer on the trees, causing damage to many. Caltrans ended up removing 41 damaged trees and replanting them. However, last week it was discovered that someone applied what Oliva described as an oil based substance onto the trees, and as a result some of the trees are starting to show signs of defoliation. “We’re hoping the trees will be OK, but it appears that somebody may be trying to do something good, but it’s actually not good,” Oliva said…

Sacramento, California, KCRA-TV, April 19, 2018: Dozens of cherry trees uprooted, stolen in Stanislaus County

A Stanislaus County orchard is missing dozens of cherry trees after someone trespassed and ripped them out of the ground. Paul Van Konynenburg said he was taking stock of his Salida orchard Tuesday after a heavy rain when he noticed part of his new orchard was in disarray. He soon discovered bike tracks and believes a trespasser yanked out the trees one by one. Some were already too established to come up, while others came out. “This is going to cost me thousands of dollars, and literally the (thief) is probably going to make 15, 20 bucks at best — and so it’s just such a waste,” Van Konynenburg said. After filing a report with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and sharing his story online, a fellow farmer discovered a lead: Someone was selling identical cherry trees. The farmer bought two for $10 and returned them to Van Konynenburg…

Denver, Colorado, Post, April 19, 2018: Q&A: What to do about trees damaged when fierce winds blew through Colorado

Don’t blow off tree care in the aftermath of hurricane-force winds that rocked the Front Range on April 17, advised Denver’s City Forester Rob Davis. In the midst of emergency inspection of the city’s trees shaken by the windstorm, Davis granted a telephone interview:
Q. Which trees were hardest hit by the windstorm?
A. Conifers had the most damage and the majority of complete failures with the whole root plate upended.  Some silver maples and other trees were damaged, but a lot of Colorado blue spruces — our state tree — had the most damage, and some evergreens and pines. We had 90-feet-tall spruces down. We lost some big trees.
Q. What exactly happened to the trees?
A. In the majority of failures we saw, the tree just fell over with its big ball of roots sticking out of the ground. Some trees did snap at the base; the roots didn’t fail. It’s OK to see a tree swaying within the canopy. They have some movement, but this was quite an ordeal.
Q. Even if trees aren’t altogether toppled or suffering obviously broken trunks or limbs, they may have sustained more subtle damage in those high winds. How can people determine whether trees got too shaken by the storm?
A. Take a look around the base of the trunk and look for soil disturbance — any soil moving up or down. Look for fractures in the soil around the root plate. If you see ground around the base of a tree lifted or shifted, that indicates failure in the root system; and that’s cause for concern…

Hyderabad, India, The Times of India, April 16, 2018: Saline drip for a 700-year-old in Telangana

The world’s second largest Banyan tree in Pillalamarri  of Mahabubnagardistrict in Telangana is on ‘saline drip’ now as part of the rejuvenation of the tree that is almost dying. The 700-year-old ficus tree is now given treatment by injecting a diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested the tree. As pumping of chemical into the stem failed, forest officials are infusing the chemical solution drop by drop using saline bottles similar to a saline drip given to patients in the hospital. Termites had affected almost entire tree due to which parts of it are fallen, and it closed for tourists in December 2017. Officials have put the saline drip of diluted chemical Chloropyrifos bottles numbering few hundreds for every two metres of the giant banyan tree…

Abilene, Texas, KTAB-TV, April 19, 2018: Invisible danger: low humidity, high temps can create electrical arcs between power lines and trees

Low humidity and high winds can lead to grass fires. With conditions such as these, the ability of power lines to contribute to fires is increased as well. Power companies are constantly working to prevent problems, and you can help. When trees, branches, and debris come into contact with power lines, they could cause a spark or fire. Sometimes, the wire never even needs to be touched. Electricity can arc between the lines and nearby limbs and vegetation. “With all the dry leaves, one little spark can start those at these humidity levels, which otherwise, you’d never know.”, says ECCA Volunteer Fire Department’s Gary Young. That’s why companies like AEP and Taylor Electric Cooperative both work to keep their lines clear of debris. “One of our major goals in 2017 was to create our own tree trimming crews and maintenance programs.” says Elizabeth McVey of Taylor Electric. “They’ve been established for years, but we really amped it up. We’re always trying to make sure power lines are clear of debris and trees, and anything that might cause a problem…”

Tucson, Arizona, Arizona Daily Star, April 18, 2018: Tucson tree trimmer trapped by palm fronds lucky to be alive

A palm tree may seem like a harmless symbol of sunshine, but getting tangled up in one can be deadly. Tucson firefighters were able to prevent that tragedy Wednesday when they rescued a tree trimmer in danger of being crushed to death by fallen branches. Tucson Fire Department only gets a couple calls a year for palm tree rescues, and the incidents often are fatal, Capt. Andy Skaggs said. “When palm fronds come down on a worker, it is very rare that they live to tell about it. The fronds are extremely heavy and will do traumatic things to the body,’ he said…

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, KDKA-TV, April 18, 2018: Tree threatened to smash cancer patient’s home

A local woman battling cancer had a giant tree dangling perilously over her home.  She had no where to turn, so she turned to KDKA’s Marty Griffin and Get Marty.  “I am a 66-year-old cancer patient on social security. I have a tree leaning toward my house. It could fall at any time and would probably destroy my house. I don’t have relatives or anyone to help.”  That’s the e-mail sent to Get Marty by Judy Linhart. “When its windy out. I can see it out my bedroom going back and forth. I cant sleep at night. It’s the Lord who kept the tree from standing this long,” says Judy. Judy is fighting kidney cancer. She lives off of social security. She had several tree companies bid on the project. All of them told her it would cost seveal thousand dollars to removed the dead 120-foot tall tree from her property. “I just couldn’t afford it. I had to hope it wouldn’t fall…”

Yakima, Washington, Herald, April 18, 2018: Apple controversy: Who can sell Cosmic Crisp trees?

It’s an apple that could upset the cart. Or at least disrupt it a bit. Washington growers are so excited about the Cosmic Crisp’s potential, they already planted a half-million trees and plan to add another 5 million this year. Consumers will have to wait until fall of 2019 before these new apples hit the marketplace. But behind the scenes, there’s a courtroom battle brewing between one of the state’s major universities and a Seattle agricultural technology company over who has the right to sell the trees. But whatever happens, it’s not dampening growers’ enthusiasm for what 
 they see as a game-changing variety of apple. “I’m excited to see how it will disrupt the apple market,” said Mark Hanrahan, a Buena grower who has planted the trees…

Phys.org, April 18, 2018: Cities and communities in the US losing 36 million trees a year

Scientists with the USDA Forest Service estimate that between 2009 and 2014, tree cover in the Nation’s urban/community areas declined by 0.7 percent, which translates to losing an estimated 36 million trees or approximately 175,000 acres of tree cover annually. Pavement and other impervious cover increased at a rate of about 167,000 acres a year during the same period, according to research by USDA Forest Service scientists. Nationally, urban/community tree cover declined from 42.9 percent to 42.2 percent. Twenty-three states had a statistically significant decrease in tree cover, with a total of 45 states showing a net decline. Trees improve air and water quality, reduce summer energy costs by cooling homes, reduce noise, mitigate runoff and flooding, and enhance human health and well-being, making them important to human health and urban and community infrastructure. The annual benefits derived from U.S. urban forests due to air pollution removal, carbon sequestration, and lowered building energy use and consequent altered power plant emissions are estimated at $18 billion. The study by Dave Nowak and Eric Greenfield of the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, “Declining urban and community tree cover in the United States,” was published in the journal Urban Forestry and Urban Greening…

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2 thoughts on “And Now The News …

  1. Rest In Peace Sweet Tripp Halstead. No more hurting. You can go play in the Lords garden. We love you. We will miss you. My heart breaks for a little boy I never met. Prayers for his family. 😭😭🙏🏻

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