Damaged Durham High oak to be felled ...

Damaged Durham High oak to be felled for safety reasons

There are 52 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Aug 6, 2010, titled Damaged Durham High oak to be felled for safety reasons. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

Trustees of the Durham Unified School District decided Wednesday not to take the risk of another tree limb falling at Durham High School, and will have the giant valley oak removed before students return for the start of the semester Aug.

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durham dad

Chico, CA

#1 Aug 6, 2010
RIP,
don't just chip it sell the wood or make something for the school. every Durham Grad "wood" buy a key chain made from this tree,
Durham

Chico, CA

#2 Aug 6, 2010
The odds of another branch breaking are slim says Kimmelshue, so lets now gamble on our kids lifes. Did you see the rot in the branch that fell Mark? This is why you need to go. Your decisions and judgements have been way off base and haunted this school district for a long time. Not to mention the fact that you are rude, and do not care what the people that elected you think. The board made the best decision here, Mr. Kimmelshue, What can be said about you, has already been said several times. you don't have a clue.
Some stupid people here

Vina, CA

#3 Aug 6, 2010
Hopefully they will do something with the wood. The shop class could build benches for the campus', craft items for the following years Harvest Festival or Mosquito Festival. Dob't just have it haule away............
Another Durham Dad

Roseville, CA

#4 Aug 6, 2010
Can you image a vote for NOT falling the tree? Then, three, five or ten years later another limb drops. This was a CYA vote. I'd probably vote the same way. ESPECIALLY in Durham; A small town with a vocal minority energized by controversy, gossip, criticism and back stabbing.
sniff sniff

Oroville, CA

#5 Aug 6, 2010
Some stupid people here wrote:
Hopefully they will do something with the wood. The shop class could build benches for the campus', craft items for the following years Harvest Festival or Mosquito Festival. Dob't just have it haule away..........
they don't have wood shop any more, and the company that cuts the tree will buy the wood, or mark kimelshiiiit will take it
mjj

Menlo Park, CA

#6 Aug 6, 2010
sniff sniff wrote:
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they don't have wood shop any more, and the company that cuts the tree will buy the wood, or mark kimelshiiiit will take it
Oh, I forgot to teach kids something they might use to make a good living such as working with wood, auto's, cooking...oh no not in the plan. So sorry.
freedom from opressors

Brisbane, CA

#7 Aug 6, 2010
If most of the tree is healthy -try cloneing ! Small trees would sell , especially with a history. Save the gene pool.
ChicoLaw

United States

#8 Aug 6, 2010
Sad decision. They should have pruned and supported the tree as the arborist suggested. Then place a cable fence around the tree and leave it be.

Oh well, stupid people in Durham do stupid things. I travel that direction a few times a year and I'm always disappointed with the caliber of people that I meet. Fat soccer moms and ignorant hick dads. I feel sorry for their offspring.
Doug_S

Bella Vista, CA

#9 Aug 6, 2010
Removing a hazard tree from school grounds is the only responsible decision from a safety as well as fiscal stand point. Britton's advice boarders on the criminally idiotic.
And ChicoLaw proves that Chico still has some of the most stuck up, bigoted, a$$ hats in the north state. I hope looking down your nose at people makes you feel like a big shot because it makes you look like a fool.
ChicoLaw

United States

#10 Aug 6, 2010
You know Doug_S, there's a saying that you'd do well to heed: better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
Thanks for confirming for all that you're an effing idiot.
As for the tree - leave it. When I was a kid, they'd have put a small barrier fence around it and left it to live out the rest of its natural life. If a kid was stupid enough to wander under it and get by a branch, that's called natural selection and we don't want their genes in the pool to begin with. Doug_S was lucky to make it through, much to all our detriment.
Great Stuff

Roseville, CA

#11 Aug 6, 2010
ChicoLaw wrote:
You know Doug_S, there's a saying that you'd do well to heed: better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
Thanks for confirming for all that you're an effing idiot.
As for the tree - leave it. When I was a kid, they'd have put a small barrier fence around it and left it to live out the rest of its natural life. If a kid was stupid enough to wander under it and get by a branch, that's called natural selection and we don't want their genes in the pool to begin with. Doug_S was lucky to make it through, much to all our detriment.
Too funny!
Durham

Oroville, CA

#12 Aug 6, 2010
Lets put Tony, Ryan and Greg Fishback at the base of the tree put a rope around their mid section, tell them don't mind the rope it required by all the college coaches coming to look at Nelson and my son Bobby and then cut the tree down.
me play foooottballl to

Oroville, CA

#13 Aug 6, 2010
Durham wrote:
Lets put Tony, Ryan and Greg Fishback at the base of the tree put a rope around their mid section, tell them don't mind the rope it required by all the college coaches coming to look at Nelson and my son Bobby and then cut the tree down.
why do you dislike ryan?
Arborist

San Jose, CA

#14 Aug 6, 2010
Durham wrote:
Lets put Tony, Ryan and Greg Fishback at the base of the tree put a rope around their mid section, tell them don't mind the rope it required by all the college coaches coming to look at Nelson and my son Bobby and then cut the tree down.
. What an A$$ Clown. This is about a historic tree being removed. Chicolaw, "here's your sign"
Durham

Chico, CA

#15 Aug 6, 2010
ChicoLaw wrote:
Sad decision. They should have pruned and supported the tree as the arborist suggested. Then place a cable fence around the tree and leave it be.
Oh well, stupid people in Durham do stupid things. I travel that direction a few times a year and I'm always disappointed with the caliber of people that I meet. Fat soccer moms and ignorant hick dads. I feel sorry for their offspring.
What a DECKHEAD!!!

Since: Jun 10

Los Molinos, CA

#16 Aug 6, 2010
I wish they would have listened to the arborist. Sorry you were mudered tree. I always think of the Shel Silverstein book "the giving tree"
Doug_S

Bella Vista, CA

#17 Aug 6, 2010
I guess this proves that some nut jobs would rather take a chance of killing kids just to save one tree. Brilliant!

ChicoLaw: My comments are based on what you said. Unlike your comments based on prejudice and appearance. Your words ARE to the wise.

Since: Jul 10

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#18 Aug 6, 2010
That tree is in a state of decline and the best thing that can be done now is to remove it. 250 years is past the life span of that type of oak. The idea that students should listen for the cracking of branches is really stupid, since if you hear it and you are under the tree, you are dead. These trees give no warning when they will drop a major branch, as was the event in my yard several years ago, when a 28 inch branch came down with no warning. The only sound that was heard was the sound of the branches being pulled through the upper branches of the other limbs. If you want to prune it so that it is not a problem, then you will cut the tree back to the point that it no longer looks like an oak, and you will compromise the entegraty of the whole tree.
Durham

Chico, CA

#19 Aug 6, 2010
bethevoice wrote:
I wish they would have listened to the arborist. Sorry you were mudered tree. I always think of the Shel Silverstein book "the giving tree"
Ok "bethvoice" as if this is any of your business. Lets say you live in Durham and your kid goes to school here, and likes the tree enough to sit on one of the benches under it everyday. Now I know you did not see the rot on the limb that fell, but it was bad. I also had a tree just like this one that dropped 3 good size limbs, before we called an arborist. One said we can keep it, one said, it is dying, take it out. WOW, i am glad we took it out. Because when we got it down, there was rot in the main trunck of the tree. So, lets say we keep it, we don't know what is in the rest of it, but oak trees have a history for rot. Would you be OK, with your child frequenting that tree often, and why would'nt they, it is a school grounds? That Arborist made a hell of a lot of money, but would that be worth your peace of mind, when you, or anyone else's kid is crushed??? Sure, Kimmleshue says the odds are slim, for now, but look at Durham school District. This guy is one of the idiots that has taken us to where we are. Ya, lets trust him this time, when now instead of gambling money, we will gamble lives. IT WAS THE RIGHT DECISION, because it was on a school grounds. Go to Durham Park, they have at least 20 limbs a year go down. They use the same arborist. THINK BETH.

Since: Sep 08

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#20 Aug 6, 2010
Anyone with a lick of sense knows when a tree is going to drop a limb. It is a sense that is being, lost, bred out of the coming generations. Rope it off if your kids are to stupid to not use their noodles. Treat them like sheep. There is no hope for you if you do not know.

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