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.

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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