Posts Tagged ‘Trees’

Please help me get my cat out of this tree!  Have you ever run across this problem?  What do cat owners do about it?  What is the best way for a tree service to handle the situation?

The fire department used to handle calls regarding cats stuck  in trees, but due to the substantial costs associated with driving a truck out to the cat owners residence and using so many resources they are not able to help with these issues anymore.  If you call a fire department directly, they may be inclined to tell you to call a local tree service for help.
The problem with this situation is tree services are businesses and while they are often sympathetic with a cat owners situation, it also costs them substantial time and money to do so.  Most climbers  say they do not do any type of cat rescue because when they tell the cat owner they need to charge to come out there, the cat owner gets upset.  They end up either having to go out and loose money hoping for good referrals from the cat rescue or they risk the cat owner spreading bad word of mouth because they wanted to charge money.

It seems to be a difficult situation for cat owners to get resolved.  The end responsibility does need to lie in the hands of the cat owner and if you want to let Fluffy or Snowball play outside, you should probably be prepared to treat this just as any other vet bill you may encounter from a mischievous cat.

Largest Trees on Earth

Author: Blake Linnekin

I became very interested the other day after watching National Geographics television show Explorer: Climbing Redwood Giants.  The show convinced me that getting to the Redwood forrests is definitely on my list of things I would like to get done before I die.  Steven Sillett has spent a large portion of his life dedicated to learning everything there is to know about these gigantic trees.  Ninety-five percent of anceint redwoods have been cut down from logging and protests throughout most of the 1990’s caused significant change in the industry. 

Jim Able is an arborist consultant in the logging industry and practices what is now commonplace for redwoods in California by doing selective logging.  Selective logging has become the ultimate benefit in order to preserve nature and get the most lumber also.  By logging only certain trees in the forrest, other trees are able to get more light and grow faster and healthier.  The ecosystem is unaffected and tree services are able to get the lumber they need.  The inventory of redwoods has started to increase for the first time in centuries due to selective logging. 

Logging redwood trees was a bigger business than gold during the 1800’s as early tree services were able to get an abundant amount of lumber from the trees.  It has remained a big business to the point that the California and Federal government paid $480 million to a logging company in the 1990’s to keep the redwood forrest, mainly Headwaters Grove, preserved. 

These magnificent trees are the tallest organisms on Earth towering to over 350 feet high.  Although it is said that before the last ice age redwood dominated the western hemisphere, they now are found only along the California coastline.  Some of the redwoods still there today have been around for several hundred years, and with the new practices being done by logging companies, these valuable resources appear to be here to stay.