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Big trees, little house: After years of ignoring them, Les UDs are finally having three immense trees taken down. We’ve watched our neighbors get hammered in various storms; our jokes about our impending death-by-tree have become threadbare. Time to part with the big bucks and end this.

When you inhale out there, the air is very wood-chippy.

The thud of falling limbs repeats.

Tree guys are chain smokers. Big cigs hang out of their mouths while they work.

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3 Responses to “Saturday, Chez UD.”

  1. charlie Says:

    We have a Giant Sequoia in the side yard, a Douglas Fir in the front yard. On the western side of the Cascade Mountains, the most diverse inventory of trees in America were found in the Pacific North West. Relentless logging has made them nearly extinct. No matter what, we can’t take those two down. It would be impossible to image a life without the Sequoia and the Doug, or the remnants of an ancient forest that straddle the border of our yards. Thankfully, all the neighbors believe the same way…

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    charlie: It’s so cool that you have those trees, esp. the sequoia! We only took three (out of dozens and dozens) down because they were hanging dangerously over our roof, or they were dead and again threatened the house if they came down in a storm. The 2012 derecho took down one of our biggest trees and it only barely missed the house. I don’t think we’ll get that lucky again. In fact, there are still some trees out there that could destroy our house if they came down in a storm. But we got the worst offenders…

  3. charlie Says:

    UD, if we were sensible, they should both be taken down. But, when I go outside and see critters that call those trees home, their incredible geometry, that we’re so damn lucky to have that sequoia shading our yard, as well as the neighbors, we can’t kill them. I know it makes no sense, but from our front yard, you can see the depravity of the forest clear cuts that deface Oregon’s landscape. It’s a different context for you, but for those of us that are fighting Big Timber logging policies, every tree is important…

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