I was standing at the wooden fence near where 240th St. slopes downhill towards Route 9 ... and an orange-colored Snohomish County Public Works truck rolled by ...
I decided to stick around and see what they were going to do - because with the County, you never know ...
I asked one of the vested guys, "What's up?"
He replied, "We're improving the road's sight-line."
So I stayed around and watched as they "improved" the sight-line for ... I dunno, maybe low flying aircraft, traveling ladder salesmen, stampeding giraffes, circus jugglers or stilt walkers.
I mean why else would they de-limb the trees 30+ feet up from the ground?
I asked if anyone in the crew was a trained arborist ... No, but a guy said he had some training in tree cutting.
Silly me, what was I thinking? ... A trained arborist? I mean, these guys had vests, hard hats, big trucks, a chainsaw and a chipper... isn't that enough?
And before you ask, the poled lines that parallel 240th St. are on the other side of the street and not close to the targeted trees.
Maybe whacking trees is like eating potato chips ... ya can't stop with one ...
Poor trees ... they've been standing there like forever, not harming a thing ...
and now they're just tall misshapen things.
And this was done by the County that wants to turn Wellington Hills Park into a REGIONAL SPORTS COMPLEX with giganto parking lots?
the "before" pic ... taken 10/10/13
And who were those two dudes who did a beeline for the woods with clipboards and a machete?
photos by Bill Stankus
October 22, 2013