Notice was left on a card hanging from the doorknob.
Crews will be working in the easement to prune and remove trees that may interfere with the power lines.
Time to get busy. There’s trees that need rescuin’!
To some, power lines can be an eyesore, but I-for-one am grateful to have this easement just beyond my backyard. The mature trees in my yard block the view of the power lines most of the year, and I am able to take advantage of a good bit of otherwise-undeveloped land right out my back gate including meadows, woods, and access to the reservoir. In fact I walk back there frequently and have become familiar with many of the plants and trees. That’s why I’m worried!
This isn’t the first time I’ve witnessed the tree pruning. Every three to four years they bring in heavy machinery including bush hogs, cherry picker trucks, and a crew of chainsaw-wielding butchers!
Maybe I shouldn’t be so harsh. They are doing what they have to do. I mean, I like electricity! So I shouldn’t complain too much, but I know what’s about to happen. The pruning on the mature trees that line the easement will not be pretty, but what concerns me even more is the countless young trees that will but cut or crushed under the machines that roll through as they do the work.
Each time this happens, many young, flexible saplings survived the abuse and spend the next few years getting strong and thickening up their bent trunks and branches.
AH! Now you see what I’m gettting at!
These are still young trees and far from fine and aged mountain yamadori, but a few of these have too much potential to just let them be mowed down, so today I collected two Virginia pines, and there are a couple more I hope I can get before they roll through.
Of the two collected today, this has the better outlook. It came up with more feeder roots close in to the base. In the picture above, it’s just a mass of needles, but you can get a slightly better idea of the trunk line below.
This second one…
must have had most of its feeder roots out on the ends of long runners. Despite my best efforts to dig out a significant area, probably 36 inches in diameter, it came up with long segments without feeders like this one that is over 12 inches long.
Nevertheless, it has a nice trunk thickness and some good bark texture developing.
I will have to baby this one and hope for the best.