Poisoned Trees to be Removed in New Zealand

http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/poisoned-trees-be-removed-kinloch/5/161640 TaupA District Council in New Zealand will have arborists remove some trees in Kinloch that died due to poisoning. There are six trees that need to be removed and they include gum, pine, and cedar. These trees, located at the Marina Terrace Recreation Reserve, were poisoned earlier this year and even though there was […]

PacifiCorp Pays for 2009 Sims Creek Fire

A decaying Douglas fir tree fell onto a power line operated by PacifiCorp on June 23, 2009 and started the Sims Creek Fire. The National Forest System owns the land the power lines are on and PacificCorp is required to remove falling limbs and trees, and keep the area around the lines clear. Any resulting […]

Pacific Palisades Tree Failure

In June 2006 in Pacific Palisades, a large carob tree fell over and crushed an unoccupied SUV. The street was closed while emergency crews cleared the street. A couple days later, a large limb off a eucalyptus tree fell a block from where the carob had failed. NazairoSauceda, from the Bureau of Street Services in […]

Spreading Emerald Ash Borer

http://www.hngn.com/articles/7968/20130717/ash-borer-beetle-serial-tree-killer-spreading-watch.htm The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has become a major problem in the United States due to its quick spread and the deadly impact it has on trees around the country. First seen in the Michigan area in 2002, it is believed that it was introduced into the United States in firewood transported from Asia. […]

Microburst Knocks Down Hundreds of Trees

A line of thunderstorms that went through Hopkinton, New Hampshire, in July created a microburst that knocked down several hundred trees in the area. National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Cempa estimated that the winds were blowing at 60 to 80 miles an hour. The storm and the resultant fallen trees knocked out power in the […]

Man Arrested After Felling Pine onto Highway

A man was hired by a private property owner to cut down a large pine tree on the property, which bordered the Kaumualii Highway in Hawaii. When the man cut the tree down, the tree fell into the highway and landed on a Dodge pickup truck travelling in the eastbound lane. The tree smashed into […]

Living in the Wildland-Urban Interface

Susan and Al Maza live in an area called the “wildland-urban interface” and were serious about making their home as fire-safe as possible. This included building a wrap-around driveway that fire crews could access, and maintaining an area around the house that is free of trees and other fire-fuel. This planning on the Maza’s part […]

Sherman Oaks

An estimated 100-year-old pine tree in Sherman Oaks crashed into a family home early in the morning while the family was in residence. The owner of the house said it felt like an earthquake when the tree fell. No one was injured and both the family in the house and the neighbors living directly behind […]

Eucalyptus in Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Hall ordered the removal of a 100-year-old, 100-foot-tall eucalyptus tree after three large limbs fell from the tree within two weeks. The first limb could possibly have been explained as caused by dry weather, but the next two limbs showed signs of fungal decay. One of these limbs weighed 2000 lbs. The […]

Hurricane Sandy Downs Historic 400-Year-Old Oak

The city of Shelton, Connecticut, recently lost a historic oak tree believed to be at least 400 years old when Hurricane Sandy blew through the area in early November. It was not only the oldest tree in the city, but the tallest, at approximately 85 feet. Winds first blew off the top branch of the […]