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Crews begin felling red oak trees

DEC project should wipe out devastating fungus

Evelio Lima, a tree surgeon for Downes Tree Service, takes down a red oak behind 4 Somerset Lane in in Glenville on Monday.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Evelio Lima, a tree surgeon for Downes Tree Service, takes down a red oak behind 4 Somerset Lane in in Glenville on Monday.
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Buzzing chainsaws and three wood chippers grinding in tandem created a cacophony in the Glen Oaks neighborhood Monday afternoon. Sawdust whipped by strong gusts of wind carried the essence of fresh-cut oak, as more than a dozen loggers and contractors used cranes to deftly maneuver logs — some more than a foot thick — between homes in the suburban development. Within two weeks, roughly 100 trees will be reduced to wood chips in order to ...

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schodack
March 31, 2009
9:18 a.m.

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Isn't it possible that the fungus could be carried by the chips? Shouldn't the timber be burned?

jmason
March 31, 2009
2:58 p.m.

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The DEC says the chips will dry fairly quickly and shouldn't attract the beetles, unlike the whole timbers. It's a shame too, because there are some real nice hardwood timbers being felled in this neighborhood.

The DEC's plan received the blessings of the U.S. Forestry Service, which has battled oak wilt in the central southwestern area of the country. They are under the belief that chipping the trees is perhaps the only sure-fire method to ensure the fungus isn't spread.

The resulting chips are supposedly slated for burning anyway at a biomass plant. Interestingly enough, the DEC has been working with other state agencies(NYSERDA I think) to supply wood chips ordinarily produced from trail clearings and related projects to companies building biomass boilers. I'm not sure if the trees from Glen Oaks are part of this, but it would make sense.

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