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Revenge of the trees!

2003-08-19 01:43:27.637528+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

The trees are having their revenge! Giant Sequoia crushes Jeep Cherokee. But what made made this an article of note was:

Picavet said the road was closed for about 15 minutes while park crews and firefighters cleaned gas and oil from the road and cleared tree fragments.

"...cleaned gas and oil from the road". Now that, friends, is how ya do automobile destruction right.

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#Comment Re: Revenge of the trees! made: 2003-08-19 19:42:02.55685+00 by: ebradway

I just hope George Bush doesn't decide to cut down all the Giant Sequoia's to protect the Jeeps. In Chattanooga, I've watched a half-dozen 200+-year-old Willow Oaks get the axe because they were in a parking lot and there was a chance that they might drop a limb or fall sometime in the next 10-15 years.

#Comment Re: Revenge of the trees! made: 2003-08-19 20:25:35.981006+00 by: Dan Lyke

Picture. Yow.

Go trees.

#Comment Re: Revenge of the trees! made: 2003-08-20 16:00:07.418521+00 by: ebradway

And here's one from last night about 5 houses up from me:

#Comment Re: Revenge of the trees! made: 2003-08-20 17:56:00.417764+00 by: ebradway [edit history]

There has been five years of drought in this area prior to this year and I think the rainfall deficit has been made up for that time in just the last four months. This is having a terrible effect on our old hardwood trees. Trees that look rock solid are setting on deteriorated rootballs. Limbs, brittle from five years of drought are soaking up an enormous amount of water and the limbs can no longer sustain that much weight in water.

We had a terrible storm in June that uprooted many of the Oaks in the neighborhood. I have a bunch of pictures on my site including this one:

BTW, it seems that the trees in my neighborhood just have a problem with Ford Explorers...