Big trees versus big sky

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, there’s been a sudden increase in business for local arborists. Erik Richards of Limber Tree Service reported an inundation of calls from people who want advice on which trees around their houses pose a threat.

Vern Rist, who works to save trees, is taking down trees around his own home. He took the top off a large one two years ago, and during Hurricane Irene it came down, narrowly missing his home. “It was just sheer luck that I’d taken off enough of it,” he said. “I’m a tree hugger, but I’m taking down anything big near my house.”

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