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Telegraph staff photo by Don Himsel
The Gate City Tree Service crew hauls off the remaining tree trunk after paring down a 70-foot-tall sugar maple over the period of a few hours Monday, July 15, 2013.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Six tons of maple tree doesn't die easily

We all see trees so frequently that we forget how astonishing they are - in particular, how astonishingly huge they are. That's why I enjoyed this story in The Telegraph today, about the removal of a six-ton-ish maple tree next to a Nashua church.

The four-man crew began work early Monday, setting up a crane and 250-horsepower chipper. Ken Phillips worked from a bucket truck from the top down, taking out branches and getting access for straps. The straps, rated to lift 22,000 pounds, were then slung twice around the trunk as the massive remnants of the approximately 150-year-old tree was taken away in two final steps