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Re: [permaculture-61] Having a large tree assessed for its health and my safety

From: megan
Sent on: Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:48 PM
Ashwani,

My regenerative forest management company, New York Heartwoods, would be glad to take a look at your tree.  Though a newly-formed business, we have  over 37 years of tree management and forest stewardship experience to draw upon. 
You're a bit out of our normal client range (we are based in Orange County, NY), but as a member of the permaculture community we could make an exception!
Our ethos is to let trees continue to grow as long as they are healthy; and dead, dying and diseased trees are our specialty.
We've been dealing with many trees affected by the Hurricane, several in challenging locations such as yours.
We've also just finished cutting branches from an oak we took down into shiitake logs for a client.  In the case that your tree must come down we can make sure that the wood is put to good use that is in accordance with your values.
Feel free to email or call me if you'd like to discuss your situation further.

Best,

Megan
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www.newyorkheartwoods.com

On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 8:20 AM, Ashwani Vasishth <[address removed]> wrote:
I have a wonderful, large oak tree in my back yard.  I'd dearly like to keep it.  But, during Hurricane Irene, it occurred to us that there was at least the possibility that it might fall on our home. (It has a slight tilt toward the house.)

I'm planning on calling in a few tree service folk to give me their assessment of the the health of the tree, and whether it needs to be a) drastically pruned, or b) simply removed.

Access the the back yard is restricted, so clearly the removal of the tree is going to be an expensive proposition.  That apart, I really do want to keep the tree, but want to keep my home even more.

My fear is, that tree service folk are going to be biased toward advising removal of the tree, even if it is not strictly necessary. (Either to create business for themselves, or out of liability concerns.)

Any advice on how I should proceed, please?  Failing that, any advice on Permaculture-oriented tree services in northern NJ?  (I'm in Essex County, near Montclair.)

Please write directly to me.  And thanks,
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 Ashwani
    Vasishth         [address removed]          (201)[masked]
                     G-131, Environmental Studies
               http://phobos.ramapo.edu/~vasishth
          http://ramapo.edu/masters-sustainability



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