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    Call to regulation pros/cons...

    I looked into what Brocky said about ownership of a street right of way. For a public entity (City, County, State, or Feds) to have a Right of Way for a road, street, highway, etc., the property ownership can vary by state. In some states the public entity actually owns the right of way, and in...
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    Call to regulation pros/cons...

    Hmmm. Interesting. I always thought that the ROW meant the city owned the property. I'll have to look into this. The trees are now down (without incident--pretty simple removals), so it's a done deal. Good to discuss here since I'm sure it's not a unique situation.
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    Call to regulation pros/cons...

    Regarding the trees along the power lines, the power company only removed the branches that would have interfered with the lines if the branches fell--not if the entire tree fell. That's a policy that makes no sense to me when the entire tree is dead. I guess they figure the HO is liable for...
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    Call to regulation pros/cons...

    This is wrong on so many levels. If that is totally accurate, that guy needs to loose his job, because he is not doing it, and putting people at unnecessary risk. I've seen enough dead ash just falling apart. He seriously said the city was not planning to remove the dead trees? Where they just...
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    Call to regulation pros/cons...

    I'm a homeowner, not an arborist. I'm a pretty well-educated, experienced (with trees) homeowner, but no certifications or insurance for tree work. The street I live on is pretty rural (gravel) with dead ash trees along it on both sides of the street. I asked the city arborist if they were going...
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    I Figured Out My Uneasiness Climbing

    Def time for a trip to the eye doctor. I'm pretty sure glaucoma can cause loss of PV. My doc caught mine early with very little damage. I've been on meds (eye drops) since then, and it stopped the damage. FYI I'm 68, and started the meds about 8 years ago.
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    Beginner climbing gear?

    I had only one throwbag at the time. I now have 4. Live and learn.
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    Beginner climbing gear?

    I totally agree about a second throwline. I started with just one, and got it stuck on one of my first few throws. I spent over an hour trying to toss a rock tied to a kiteboarding kite line into the tree just to retrieve my throwbag and line. I never succeeded. I finally found about a 20 ft...
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    Lindens

    Thanks for the info. Plenty of large limb unions for the recreational trees. Pole pruner should be all I need for my step son's lindens and maples.
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    Lindens

    I've never climbed or felled/trimmed a linden tree, but was spooked by what I recently saw from a silver maple. Thought I'd better checked with folks who are in the know before I start playing in/working on some linden trees. There's a beautiful mature woods nearby that has a mix of lindens and...
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    Kenny's into Apparel??

    I've got a friend who teaches woodworking at a high school. I want to get him the Man Glitter T-shirt. Gotta find out what size first. He's a pretty big boy! Don't know how many X's.
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    Girdling roots is it worth it for this tree?

    I've got some minor girdling on a Norway maple. Also interested in seeing/hearing about how you've been successful.
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    Tree failure, while I was climbing it.

    I picture a situation where two high TIPs in adjacent trees are used to get you close to where you want to cut a tree that isn't safe to climb. You pull yourself over to the tree you want to cut, use a breakaway or QR'd lanyard to hold you there to make the cut. If things start to go south, QR...
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    Tree failure, while I was climbing it.

    Here are a couple of photos of an old type of Kiteboarding Quick Release. I don't suggest this is what could be used by arborists, but it works well for kiting. Push the orange/red thing away from you, and it releases the "folded over" metal tab that holds the ring attached to a harness.
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    Tree failure, while I was climbing it.

    With all the talk about a breakaway lanyard, nobody mentioned a quick release lanyard. Why not? I'm a kiteboarder for fun, and we have a primary support system that has a QR. A lot of us can do jumps at a "dead if you fall" height (50+ feet off the water, and from that height, hitting water...
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