Paddock Lake to Extend Enforcement Date for Ash Tree Removal
May 11th, 2017 by Darren Hillock.
Here’s an interesting blog post and YouTube video on ash tree removal.
Weather that did not favor a mass cutting of ash trees this winter has prompted the Paddock Lake Village Board to extend the time in which village property owners can have ash trees removed through the village’s ash tree removal assistance program.
The video shown above was well documented and the footage is incredible from such heights. Almost makes you dizzy when watching him cut down this huge ash tree. The tree limb shown on the video thumbnail image looks like it’s six feet in diameter, and that’s just one limb. Wow!
The board discussed the extension at the Village Board Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday.
The village last year mailed out notices to 178 property owners of 445 total ash trees that are dead or dying from emerald ash borer and are close to village streets. The property owners were given until Dec. 31 to have the trees removed. Those property owners were able to apply to have the trees removed as part of a village program in which the village pays part of the cost. Trees not removed by the end of the year were to be removed by the village, and the cost assessed to the property owner.
The timing was driven by that mass removal of trees is facilitated by frozen solid ground over which a contractor can easily move heavy equipment without damaging underlying grass.
But the winter, especially the targeted month of February, was unseasonably warm, making the mass tree cutting unfeasible.
“Mother nature just has not been our friend,” said village President Terry Burns.
The board discussed trying again next winter, in effect extending the time that property owners with ash trees would participate in the tree removal program through the end of 2017.
Village administrator Tim Popanda said another letter will go out to the effected property owners explaining the history of the situation and the options available.
The Black Ash
Along with its ecological value, black ash has cultural and spiritual significance for many American Indian tribes from Minnesota to Maine, as well as First Nation tribes in Canada. Some tribes even trace their origin to a black ash tree that split — one fork became man and the other became woman.
The art of black ash basketry has been handed down from generation to generation in many tribes. Basket-making families have traditional harvest grounds, where they carefully select and harvest a few black ash trees each year. Most native basket makers are well aware of EAB and what this invader means for black ash across North America.
Cooperative efforts to collect and preserve ash seeds, including seeds from black ash trees, have been undertaken by a number of tribes, along with scientists from federal agencies and universities.
Related article for your perusal. Thank you, Cobie W :-)
Here’s a related YouTube video on cutting down and removing a very large ash tree.