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Tell Us: Loss of Trees

Do you mourn the loss of trees on the peninsula?

In Sandy's aftermath, the peninsula 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.

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.

Don Jimmer November 30, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I love it, I started a business cutting them up with my friend and we've made thousands!!!!
hank ratner November 30, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I feel MUCH MORE strongly about the loss of life, homes etc.!!
Jason Molinet November 30, 2012 at 07:13 PM
But not a line of work for everyone, right?
Sean Hassett December 01, 2012 at 03:30 PM
It is terrible to see so many stumps where there used to be large old trees. Searingtown Road in particular is now lined with stumps.
Tom O'Rourke December 01, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Searingtown road was a shameful event,not likely caused by hurricane Every tree for a half mile north of 495 was cut by the county I believe, your ride to and from work in spring will never be the same. Those trees wear already belie the power lines after years of agressive pruning. It's a sin and whomever made the decision to cut them down should be fired. Looked like some valuable lumber also, who profited from that I wonder
Tom O'Rourke December 01, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Adina above trees I meant
Tom O'Rourke December 01, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Sorry. Power lines were below tree limbs,please correct if you post. Hoping you are well
Joseph Mirzoeff December 02, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Trees give us beauty in four seasons; they give us wood for construction; they give us paper for intellectual activity; they exchange air with us -- their O2 for our CO2, they reduce global warming; they give us shade in the summer, and fuel in the winter; they prevent erosion; some give us fruit to eat. They ask so little of us, living on mostly sun and rain. Better we bury the LIPA lines than needlessly destroy trees.
Art December 02, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Many of these trees do not belong in a residential neighborhood. How would you like a branch from a neighbors tree weighing several tons over your house? There are trees appropriate for residential neighborhoods and the Town should require permits for certain species of trees on private property whether cultivated, or wild. These "Killer Trees" should be removed, The choice of living safely in a residential neighborhood, or a forest is up to the individual.
George Mulligan December 02, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I agree with Art that many trees pose a danger to houses in residential communities. I had two huge branches fall on my property from neighbors 80 foot oak trees. Fortunately the branches did not hit the house and no one was hurt. I am still waiting for a tree company to remove one oak section that is about fifteen feet long and twelve inches in diameter. It weighs thousands of pounds. I can't force my neighbors to care for their trees, and when they fall on my property I have to pay the cost of removal. Something has to change to make our neighborhoods safer.
Lucy Effron December 06, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I think the trees north of 495 on Searingtown Road were Pear trees. They have been a big problem in recent years. They were widely planted, but now there appears to be info. that they are not a tree with long term structural integrity. "Bradford pear trees have become a popular addition to the urban landscape. Although the Bradford pear is a hardy tree consistently producing showy flowers in the spring and some fall color, the tree is not without its fair share of problems. The trees have a relatively short life span due to structural integrity issues, they are susceptible to a few disease issues and they can be overbearing on landscapes with limited space. The average life expectancy of a Bradford pear is about 15 years. While the tree is capable of producing viable foliage for more than 15 years, this is typically how long the tree will last before it begins to fall apart. The numerous branches that originate at a central point cause structural defects that lead to the splitting apart of the tree" Link: http://www.austintreeexperts.com/blog/all-about-bradford-pears/ (There are many more articles like this one....just search on "Short life span of pear trees.")
jonathan winant December 06, 2012 at 09:03 PM
May love to see great looking trees on their property unfortunate as it is and the truth will not be taken easily trees of the wrong type are very dangerous. The dangerous in our climate. Weeping Willows have roots which look for water and break pipes and foundations of homes. Several variety of Evergreen Pine trees do not root themselves deep enough to protect them from Sandy style storms. This past storm taught homeowners a lot mostly about how trees need to be assesed and properly cared for. Having a tree on your property is a responsibility not that different then how you take care of the rest of your yard.
Susan Sturman December 07, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Our home lost a true friend, an apple tree in the backyard that must have been 80 years old. I've known it for some 50+ years, and every spring I would look out my bedroom window to be greeted by lovely pink and white blossoms (no edible fruit other than a single bumper crop several years back). In the late 60s we took a family trip for six weeks and when we returned we were told that the tree had been hit by lightning, saving our house. It simply toppled over....but missed the house and the garage, protecting our property even as it fell. Very sad.
Tom O'Rourke December 07, 2012 at 03:03 PM
They are indeed Bradford pear trees I believe. I did also read that they were to damage by strong winds. My issue is that so many were removed ,I just find it hard to believe that every one was damaged to require complete removal. Seems like many people are so willing to remove trees and still many more neglect them on their own property and then wonder why such damage has occurred. Don't want to fight with anyone and do agree that human life is paramount.
AnneMarie Fessler Ansel April 17, 2013 at 12:42 PM
What a crime that these were all cut down illegally after Superstorm Sandy. I hope the responsible contractor will be prosecuted. He not only destroyed our trees but illegally billed/stole taxpayers money in the sum of 28.5 million, plus billing an additional 35 million which has not yet been paid. He deserves to go to jail and make restitution. Trees were even cut down on the side of the road where there was no wires.

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