At the Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee meeting this afternoon tree warden Alan Snow made it perfectly clear that his main priority is not to work with Western Mass Electric Company to "blue sky" power lines so that we citizens stay warm, comfortable and plugged in should inclement weather disrupt our urban canopy this fall or winter, potentially sending us all back into the dark ages.
And it's not to maintain the aesthetic beauty or practical environmental benefits provided by our tall friends either.
No, it's simply to try to make sure large limbs or entire trunks do not crash down on innocent bystanders, their cars or homes. In other words, risk aversion.
Committee Chair Hope Crolius reiterated how "surprised" the entire committee was when viewing the "trimming" in South Amherst, which at the previous meeting she described as the "slaughter on South East Street."
The Tree Warden responded that the electric utility calls it "enhanced trimming" and he did veto half of what WMECO wanted to whack. Half!
Maybe they were going to hire the Air Force for a napalm strike.