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Ravenna residents decry mutilation of trees

Published: January 31, 2013 4:00 AM

I am writing to protest the mutilation and destruction of beautiful trees in Ravenna, and more specifically in my own yard, by Davey Tree, which is acting under the auspices of First Energy Corporation. We were contacted by Davey Tree by mail and then a visit from one of their reps, who assured us that they would not need to do much and then only to overhanging branches.

They arrived at our property, and even after I spoke with them about taking care, they proceeded to mutilate two 60-year-old trees in our yard. Neither of these trees had branches that were overhanging the wires and a little trimming would have sufficed. Instead they lopped many large branches from our oak tree, which essentially destroyed one half of the tree. These trees were a good-looking asset to the community and for us they provided shade to keep excess heat out of the house in the summer and kept our greenhouse from overheating. Now they are neither beautiful nor are they as useful as they once were.

Trees seem to be a problem in Ravenna. For a number of years the city seemed to be intent on removing all large trees for alleged safety concerns and apparently on the advice of their "forester." To remove things that make Ravenna beautiful and welcoming is a mistake. Trees take 50 or 60 years or more to mature and to undo that work of nature with one swipe of the chain saw is a gross mistake. Replacement of large, lovely trees with dwarf pseudo-trees is just compounding the error.

Davey Tree tells me that although they work for First Energy that this is mandated by the government (they did not indicate whether federal, state or local), but it needs to be changed. We are not against safety or maintenance of electric power, but we are against making our city unattractive to people wanting to move here or to business wanting to get established here.

We are for using common sense.

David S. Palmstrom, M.D.,

Jane R. Palmstrom, Ravenna

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anonymous Jan 31, 2013 10:22 AM

First Energy got hammered hard for the massive power outage caused by trees touching power lines some years ago. Since then, they have been very aggressive in trimming the trees. Modern developments avoid this problem by burying power lines. That also gets rid of the unsightly poles and dangerous poles. A good idea for Ravenna is to come up with a plan to bury the power lines.