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Michael Caswell

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Re: Tree Blowdown on the Trail at The Oxbow Dam
« on: July 18, 2021, 03:15:21 pm »
There's not a problem with the trees being on the Trailway (or towpath as I prefer to call it)
 
Nope! Not one problem. It's all fear mongering to say someone could have been killed by a falling tree! That is according to the Stop the Canal Clear-cut Group.

There were enough people on the path today, someone could have been hurt really badly.





A fairly large tree fell right over the towpath.  It must have done it very quietly, because its right opposite my house on Erie Crescent, and we never heard a thing.

Maybe the soil is so saturated, it just let the tree topple. I'll have to go and look at the roots later.

Thankfully, no one was injured, but they were just lucky, because at least half a dozen branches measure 6" diameter spread-eagled the path, far enough to reach the water.






As always, the NYS Canal Corporation is on the scene quickly to clear the debris and keep the trail traffic flowing.


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Re: Tree Blowdown on the Trail at The Oxbow Dam
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2021, 02:30:09 pm »
We (me and my dogs) took a walk along the towpath from 31f southwards to inspect the fallen tree and see exactly what happened.



It wasn't a branch or several branches, it was the entire tree. The diameter of the trunk was about 15". It was growing just off the towpath, by about 10 feet into the undergrowth, right on the edge of the top of the slope.

The root ball was lifted right out of the embankment, and was about 6 feet across, it looked about 6' deep, but I couldn't get that close without chopping some brush out of the way.

From the look of the weeds growing at the canal edge, it was obvious the branches reached well into the canal as they fell.


The slope of the embankment at this point was extremely steep, and obviously this has compromised the integrity of the dam even more.
I noticed there was a wild grape vine growing up the trunk, no doubt the heavy infestation of the tree's canopy from this, would have contributed to the trees demise!
I'm surprised a few other trees hadn't come down in the same area, as there were some that were much taller.

Not far away from this event, I noticed an enormous Cottonwood, it's base was at least 12 feet diameter, and it must have been 150 feet tall. Many of its branches were dead, and some had broken off. It is growing right on the dam crest, about 15 feet in. Its only a short matter of time before this one gives way. I hate to imagine the size of this monster's root ball!

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No Danger Here People...keep moving along please.

Nothing here to see, just another Dead Tree on an Earthen Embankment, along the Erie Canal.

Looks like some Immediate EMERGENCY Canal Embankment Repairs are in order, there was an allowance in the new EEIP Guidebook for this type if work to happen.

And also a Best Practices Guide as well... I wonder if this is the time to clear a few trees?

Uprooted Earthen Embankment Trees, isn't this what EEIP was all about in the first place?

And isn't this enough proof for Perinton residents to start supporting that Embankment Integrity Program?

« Last Edit: July 20, 2021, 07:12:28 pm by Doug K »