The Breck tree butchers
This call to vigilance is not only for residents of the French Creek neighborhood in Breckenridge, but for everyone. I have cared for trees in French Creek common areas for quite a few years. Recently, I removed two beetle-kill trees along Reiling Road by the pond. I was horrified to find that beetles were a secondary pathogen, with a human being the primary. This felon, whom I assume seeks a better resort view, has been girdling community trees. They have girdled a half-dozen healthy, mature trees thus far. The definition of girdling is: To cut away the bark and cambium in a ring around (a plant) usually to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients.
Identifying a tree-care professional operating a chainsaw while on the ground is easy. Just look for the “PPE,” or Personal Protective Equipment, which is an Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirement. Easily identifiable PPE are head/face (hardhat with face shield lowered), eye (safety glasses), ear (earplugs or muffs) and hand (gloves) protection. Other PPE required include chainsaw-resistant chaps or pants and steel-toed boots. If any of these items are missing something may be amiss.
Please call your HOA and/or law enforcement if you witness anyone not appearing to be a tree-care professional operating on public or community properties. If you hear a chainsaw at night for no apparent reason emanating from an area of known common space or public property please do the same. It is exceptionally rare for a tree-care professional to operate at night except in the event of an emergency.
Thanks for keeping your eyes peeled and saving our beautiful trees!