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Tell Us: Loss of Trees Post-Sandy

Do you mourn the loss of trees on your block?

In Sandy’s aftermath, most of Long Island lost an untold number of trees. To date the town has collected nearly 10,000 tons of debris, a portion of which is stored in a corner of a North Hempstead Beach Park parking lot. Some is being carted upstate and to Pennsylvania, while still more is designated for composting.

Meanwhile other villages were devastated around the area with stumps serving as reminders of what had happened.

Which leads to the question: How do you feel about the loss of trees? Are you relieved that they won’t interfere with power lines in the future? Do you mourn their missing presence on our landscape? Tell us in the comments.

Gold Rush December 02, 2012 at 06:27 AM
pt 2 [sorry about caps, I'm not yelling] TREES SHOULD BE MADE PROPERTY OF THE STATE, [THEY MAKE OXYGEN FOR SOCIETY] TO GET TRIMMED ON A ROTATING SCHEDULE, PAID BY SOCIETY, UNDER BOTANIST SUPERVISION. OR MAYBE WE SHOULD RAISE THE 5 CENT BOTTLE DEPOSIT, INCREASE THE BOTTLE INCLUSIONS LIST [JARS], AND MAYBE CANS TOO! AND PUT THAT ADDL. 5 CENTS TO THE TASK, ALSO. BUILD DEPOTS FOR REDEEMING FAST, ACCURATELY AND PAINLESSLY [DRIVE THRU STYLE, MAYBE], AND YES, MORE JOBS. FALLEN TREES, KILL POWER, POWER AFFECTS SOCIETY, SOCIETY SHOULD TRIM, AND PROPAGATE, THE TREES. HEY, HERE'S AN IDEA, WHEN ALL THE DOWNED TREES ARE CLEARED, ALL THE REST OF THEM LEFT, ARE SMALLER, & HARDIER. THEY CAN NOW BE EASILY PRIORITIZED FOR PRUNING, [WE NEED NO LAWS FORCING INDIVIDUALS TO DO THIS, IT'S NOT FAIRLY DISTRIBUTING THE COST] AND, IT WILL CREATE FULL TIME, FOREVER JOBS. PLANT MORE, KEEP 'EM TRIMMED, WIN, WIN, WIN. INLAND, HECK ALL AROUND, THEY [TREES] ARE PROBABLY THE CAUSE OF MOST OF THE POWER OUTAGES AND CASCADING FAILURES, AND THE MAJOR SLOWDOWN OF REPAIR EFFORTS. LETS FACE IT, PERSONALLY, WHO IS GONNA SPEND BUCKS TO TRIM THEIR TREES VS PUTTING THOSE BUCKS, TO OTHER [MORE ENTERTAINING, PERHAPS] PURPOSE? ALOT OF FOLKS ACT "PENNY WISE AND POUND FOOLISH". I AM IN PAIN MOST DAYS, BUT I GOT MY VERY LARGE FRAMED, 55 YR OLD BUTT, 15' ON A LADDER, TO SAFELY PRUNE A 75LB, 5" LIMB, WITH A HANDSAW, FROM ABOVE MY ROOF THE DAY BEFORE. Open to discussion!
Gold Rush December 02, 2012 at 06:45 AM
We didn't take care of them, and they slapped us for it.
Bob Rabey December 02, 2012 at 08:14 AM
I'm always amazed that the largest contributers of comments are made by people who NEVER use their real names. I'll let you, the reader, ponder why. A majority of the trees that came down were planted years ago, and the reality is that they should never have been planted at all. With Long Island's technology being what it is, placing wires on "sticks" to deliver power from one place to another, having no real improvement since Ben Franklin's day, I'd like to know who the genious was who thought of planting trees under those wires in the first place? As if that weren't enough, the use of "pin-oak" trees, one of the largest and most dangerous? What were they thinking?
Bob Rabey December 02, 2012 at 08:27 AM
One more question to ponder, wno's getting rich from all this wood down? Firewood, commonly goes for $130 per cord. How many thick hardwood cords have come down, and just "who" is lining their pockets?
Gold Rush December 03, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Wow, I don't know where to start bob rabey, OH wait, I know, that's your real name because you said so, cause your REAL address, the address you live at, and your real phone number, ARE POSTED. So I can call you and tell you to go back to sleep. You are talking out the tail end of the dog, oblivious to the head even existing. Burn your computer. Safely, Please. BTW [I'll explain to you that it means By The Way] All the politicians in my district and state and Fed know who "Goldrush" is. You are not as important AND AS SUCH NEED NOT KNOW, bob rabey. Maybe next time I'll post as Jim Paulsen, or Pinty Beaumont, or Raturn Burke and that might make your feeble mind feel better about positive comments you couldn't begin to author, rather than your obtuse assessment of my screen name and its relating to the validity of my commentary. I'll finish, by taking your idea for the negative wood disbursement and make it mine turning your negative into my positive, and that is, that the "Treemen" via the "State" can sell the [lower than retail cost] wood at places they pick, and that money can also help pay their salaries, How's that Bob? If that's your, REAL NAME? Obviously you don't have the chops to have the idea to make the money off the wood, legally, you seem jealous, sour grapes, and just complain, you didn't get a piece of that pie. Seek a Cognitive Therapist, and God Bless your family.

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