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    Thank you, Kathryn.

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    Gabby G

    I hope we have not lost the opportunity to save the forest by not teaching our children the importance of it and the longevity of a tree’s life. Recently at a zoning variance meeting I was astounded to hear a comment that they trees should be removed because they were approaching 50 years and would be dying soon…..

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    No respect

    Trees get no respect in Brookhaven.

    I hope that will change.

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    Glad that tree that fell in AP yesterday didn’t kill anyone.

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    I know this isn’t a popular thought with the local activists, but perhaps if they weren’t so abrasive, hostile, and aggressive to others at times they’d find more people on their side.

    In my neighborhood for example, the local tree activists literally go so far as not only screaming that dogs are scaring off coyotes, but that they’re contaminating the water supply , killing wildlife, and stealing yard signs (apparently dogs can drive. . . or something. . . )

    They’ll even send the police out to your house!

    It amazes me that so many “activists” bully others here then turn and cry that no one likes them.

    Gee, I wonder why?

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    We have one tree that is going to fall into the street within three years and is beyond any form of treatment, but of course the neighborhood busybodies are all over it. Dead trees provide nesting cavities !!!! Save the birds!!!!

    Never mind that there are currently no birds in it and absolutely no endangered birds in the area that I’m aware of. . . .

    Uh, can I start a “save the children” campaign because it’s very likely that’s who the tree is going to fall on.

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    Might want to quadruple your homeowner’s insurance umbrella policy. The people around here are very litigious you know.

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    Gabby G

    Trees have to be maintained and any tree that is damaged or diseased needs to be evaluated for removal. We have a service remove the small branches and dead branches every year and an arborist evaluate all of our trees for safety. Prevention is the best way to make sure your trees are healthy and don’t fall.

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    Gabby G

    Not all of us are abrasive, hostile and aggressive. Most of us are pretty easy going and able to weigh both sides of an issue.

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    Kerry McBrayer

    Awesome story!

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    Eddie E.

    And of course, trees in PROTECTED FOREST AREAS don’t affect homeowners when they fall anyway!

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    Thanks for the advice. Yes, we’re taking it down regardless and are just going to have to listen to more angry shaming by the neighborhood tree activists. As I said to one: “Are you going to pay our legal fees if we get sued?”


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    We have an arborist come out regularly and a good number of trees that ARE being treated.

    That doesn’t fit the narrative of a lot of the local activists though- it’s much easier to paint anyone cutting down a tree as some sort of cartoon villain.

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    Send the treatment bill to Brookhaven.

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    See Gabby G’s comment below. If the tree is not damaged or diseased, there is no basis for a lawsuit. Removal of the dead branches helps to keep the tree healthy. If an arborist says your tree is not healthy, then you have a basis to have it removed under the tree ordinance.

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    And again, read *my* comment. The tree activists are obsessed that among other things, it’s still a place birds would nest. Certain bird species utilize dying and dead trees yammer yammer yammer , bird population, blah blah blah. Sorry but these are NOT endangered birds so they can go elsewhere.

    And of course there is the borderline deranged obsession with damaging the neighbor beauty and “tree canopy”. Yeah I wonder how beautiful that spot will look if trees clobber someone.

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    The real kicker is that I’ve seen some of *their* yards and some of them were clearly cleared of trees at one point.

    It’s pretty convenient to be hostile towards others cutting down trees when one’s already had most of the trees in their own yard lopped down!

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    Tom Reilly

    Take a good look at this superb photograph of my friend Kathryn Kolb. A REALLY GOOD LOOK!! See the sensitivity, the assertiveness, the awareness in those eyes?? She has paid us the enormous complement of telling us the truth These priceless primitive forest remnants combine with newer tree generations. The resultant tree canopy cleans our air, lowers our temperatures, controls our water, provides us with both the mystery of beauty and the beauty of mystery, and gives the lie to the ignorance and fear of the few.–Tom Reilly, National Wildlife Federation

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    The only “fear” I know about is that some of us are scared of our trees clobbering someone or taking out power lines, but that makes us what you guys call “tree haters”.

    The only thing ignorant is that some activists would prefer to put tree and bird life over human life- including the lives of children!

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    Eddie E.

    Does the difference between appropriate care of trees on one’s private property and the PROTECTION OF OLD GROWTH FOREST AREAS register with you?

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    I can’t believe Tom’s well-written and well-informed post would get even one thumbs down.

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    Tom Reilly

    The chances of anyone getting hit by a falling tree are infinitesimal. The chances of our destroying our quality of life through our own ignorance and resulting fear are far greater.

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    Tom Reilly

    Dear Ellen: That’s very mice of you to say so. But’s let’s evaluate the real meaning of a “thumbs down.” My wildlife background labels such people as “trolls.” “Trolls” are too timid to use their names, too lazy to look up the facts first, too irresponsible to consider the long term effects of their proposed decisions. To me a “thumbs down” means that someone was at least paying attention . And paying attention is the first [NOT the final] prerequisite for making a sound decision.–Tom

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    Really, infinitesimal? I have seen it but I heard about 3 people and a dog were hit by 100+ year old oak last thursday in Brookhaven when it crashed through their home all the way into the basement. House is destroyed. Everyone is somehow ok, thank God. Trees aren’t worth a life Tom.

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    Tom Reilly

    Oaks, for example, have been documented to live for over 300 Years.–Tom Reilly, National Wildlife Federation

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    Tom Reilly

    How about some specifics, Barbara?? Who, what, when, where, why, and how??

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    I answered all of that already. In Brookhaven. Last Thursday. A 100 year old tree. It fell over, crushed house. No one hurt.

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    Maybe you should re-read what I wrote.

    After the way some of these activists bully homeowners, many of us want nothing to do with them in any capacity.

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    THANK YOU BARBARA!!!! Sometimes I feel like in Brookhaven I’m living in the twilight zone. Two of our trees are also going to take out massive power lines, but who needs electricity, right? The tree activists can come build us all fires or something.

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    All the tree activists in my neighborhood know my name and address– ask around! I’m sure they’d love to tell you about how my dog is scaring off the poor local coyotes and contaminating the Atlanta water supply. Oh, and how can I forget- hurting the Atlanta bird population! LOLOLOLOL!

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    Tom, are you also one the local tree activists that want to go door-to-door forcing pet owners to hand over DNA samples because of alleged Atlanta water contamination? Just curious!

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    I’ll believe it when I see it.

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    Tree Activist

    I know many or most of the tree activists around here and I have never heard “them” talked about the craziness you are experiencing HMM.

    What neighborhood do you live in?

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    Apparently Tom doesn’t want to answer whether or not he’s one of the local tree activists that wanted to badger Brookhaven dog owners into handing over their pets’ DNA.

    Yeah, if I were involved with those people I’d be embarrassed too.

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    Tom is afraid there could be a genetic family relationship in his family tree. Something like that could be very embarrassing in a city like Brookhaven. Surely you understand.

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    Brittany Mother

    We’ll just call him Dirty Tom Daug. Arf! Arf! Arf!

    Dawg is reserved for that higher institution of learning.

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    Well let’s see, I’ve been called “lazy”, “irresponsible”, “ignorant”, “irrational”, living in “fear”, selfish and my favorite- a “tree hater”- all because I want to take down a couple of trees that could kill someone.

    Do you define that as nice?

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    Some of them are so drunk with power and full of know-it-all-itis it’s outrageous. And half the time they don’t even know what the heck they’re talking about!

    I came about five seconds away from telling one of them that they came anywhere NEAR my dog with a DNA cheek swab testing kit I was going to tell them where to shove it.

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    Hey Tom, another infinitesimal huge/gigantic tree just fell In Brookhaven. I passed it on Roxboro Rd at Tall Tree on way from 85. Fire department and police are there now if you want to check it out personally. Look like there may be some injuries, I hope everyone is ok.

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    Seriously Barbara, are you sure it wasn’t one of us so-called “tree-haters” that just whacked it down?

    I know when my spouse and I discussed taking down one particularly large tree on our property, the conversation went like this:

    “Honey, I’m bored. Whatever shall we do today?”

    “I dunno dear, maybe blow a few thousand dollars?”

    “My, that’s a wonderful idea- but however shall we spend it?”

    “Maybe we could hire someone to hack down some trees?!”

    “Honey- you’re a genius!!! Let’s spend a few grande to go a tree- chopin’ today — YEEEE HAAAWWW!!!!”

    We paid the money, donned our devil horns, danced a jig around the murdered trees a’blazin’ as bonfires and a splendid time was had by all.

    True story, really. ;0)

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    Tom Reilly

    Of course I am–a local tree activist, that is. And I always use my own name.

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    It\'s getting old

    YAWN!!! Take a day off HMM.

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    Tom Reilly

    REALLY?? I thought that “Troll Season” only lasted from January through June. And why, please, do none of you even have the class/courage to use your real names??

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    Tom Reilly

    Look who’s talking!!

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    Tom Reilly

    No, I’m not. I’m persistent, not crazy.

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    MP knows my real name, why don’t you ask her?

    Then again, I have little doubt you know exactly who I am- you just can’t stand this “lazy” “ignorant” c word knowing just as much if not more than you guys regarding environmental causes- can you?

    Having been on a conservation council in *the*most liberal and one of *the* most pro-conservation states in this country it kills you guys that I have a very educated comeback to all of your made- up “facts”.

    In Brookhaven you see yourselves as big fishes in what is a very, very small pond.

    Cool, whatever.

    You are so astoundingly out of touch to not realize that you have created one hell of an opponent with all of the anti-dog rhetoric.

    Cool, more time to rally our side.

    Bring it on. :0)

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    I’m surprised you even have time to read any of this- shouldn’t you be driving up and down the street looking for trees with pink ribbons? And we’ll intentioned home owners to yell at?

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    We all know a tree doesn’t fall in the forest (or street) unless a Brookhaven tree activist says it does.


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    I have enough “class” not to call people nasty names, that’s for sure.

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    It’s heard that even some of the people in the often cranky Pine Hills Neighborhood Association admit that older trees often plop over in that area (it’s called “Tall Tree” for a reason). . . and an ongoing joke for the area is that you need to hide the ribbons on your trees and try to get them cut down at night or on holidays.

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    I don’t go around pretending to know more than actual arborists and scientists with PHD’s- that’s for sure. Or bullying and harassing my neighbors either with any so-called expertise.

    I do however know enough to know an arborist wouldn’t tell people to chop down trees when he can make infinitely more money treating them.

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    Jane Smith. Happy now?

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    I don’t think the anti-dog and cat tree activists are “crazy”- just exceptionally mean, hurtful, and hateful.

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    It\'s getting old

    GOT IT HMM, now go and try to enjoy your Sunday afternoon.

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    The Brookhaven Post

    Comments have gone way off topic. Please keep them on topic or they will no longer be approved. Thank you.

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    Just because someone has trees that are going to fall does not mean they are guilty of neglecting them.

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    And yet people that have trees that are going to fall are allegedly guilty of neglecting them.

    This is very strange logic to me.

    Does anyone have a DeLorean I can borrow?

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    Just spoke with someone that confirmed certain activists including those allegedly representing The National Wildlife Federation and some “Atlanta Protects Trees” thing have NO right,knowledge, or authority to tell us that we can’t chop down our trees. YAY!!!!!!!! 🙂😄😀

    Can’t wait to cut these old trees down and stop stressing about this!! ⛏⛏⛏🌳🌲🌳🌲⛏⛏🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

    Anyone up for a fall bonfire?

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    Enough already! Tree haters should live out in the burbs where they don’t care about trees.

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    So silly to call people that don’t want to kill others, including children “tree haters”, but carry on!

    It just shows what extremists you guys are.

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    Yet another huge tree completely plopped over on Roxboro. I hope everyone is okay!

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