Butternut Tree on Shays Street in the public way
Normally I would say anything left leaning will have a long and happy life in the People's Republic of Amherst--just not when it's a tree leaning in the direction of a utility powerline. For instance, take this butternut on Shays Street--which they are about to do.
Amherst Tree warden Alan Snow gave me a demonstration last week of an inspection double-check on trees marked for death by Western Mass Electric Co. This butternut, besides the lean, has a host of problems--exposed roots, bug bore damage, rip away bark, and a couple of splits he could put his hand in.
Tree Warden and DPW division director of trees and parks, Alan Snow
Being judge/jury/executioner for the town's tree canopy is a tough job--perhaps made even tougher by town meeting approval for 2,000 new trees. Healthy trees--even beautiful old historic ones--are now more subject to extermination for the convenience of developers and the utilities simply because they are so easily replaced by new ones, although a lot less beautiful and historic.
Therefor it's even more imperative we have someone who will speak for the trees.