|Cluster of tree stumps, cut for Assabet River Rail Trail|
For those who remember the end of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (the books, not the movies), after Sauron was defeated, Frodo and his Hobbit companions return to the Shire, only to learn that Saruman and Wormtongue, aided by ruffians and abetted by hobbits who had turned to new ways, were cutting down trees to fuel steam-powered mills. From LOTR: "They cut down trees and let ‘em lie." Later on: "All along the
Wait, wait, a September update! D'Allessandro decided that all of the trees bordering the trail parallel to Railroad Street were surplus, as were others south of Route 117 and north of Concord Street. Let's up the count to 660 trees removed.
Stumps since cleared, so you cannot challenge my count. My town tree estimate derived from one on-line statement that New England forests have roughly 200 trees per acre five inches diameter or larger; 640 acres per square mile; town area of 5.4 square miles; subtract 40% of the total to account for developed area with fewer trees and water-covered area with no trees. Or subtract 50% to get a better estimate for our tree count and what was cut becomes 0.2 percent.
|Tree stumps bordering the planned route of the Assabet River Rail Trail|
|Yellow hauler drags trees to end of section, where orange-armed crane stuffs|
trees into blue woodchipper. Click on photo to enlarge.
Replacement trees are needed. New sidewalk cutouts could be added farther east and west on
Another ambiance-improving town project would be to purchase a strip of land between the now empty Gruber Bros building and the