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Woodside locals irked as Amtrak takes the ax to more than 100 trees


Harry

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The federal stimulus may be pumping greenbacks into the economy but it's also making a part of Woodside distinctly less green.

 

Locals are steamed over Amtrak's brush-clearing effort that recently chopped down more than a hundred mature trees along rails running parallel to Northern Blvd.

 

Homeowner George Olt, 69, whose property on 56th Place abuts the land owned by Amtrak, said he began hearing buzzsaws near his lush backyard on April30.

 

By the next day, some 200 trees - more than a hundred of them exceeding about 2 feet in diameter - had been felled, Olt said.

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2010/05/09/2010-05-09_woodside_locals_irked_as_amtrak_takes_the_ax_to_more_than_100_trees.html#ixzz0nX0hBxBM

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If its track clearing then that should be a very good reason to cut down trees. if its on Amtrak or any other railroad property then the good people of woodside should have no buisness complaining. How many trees were cut down to build their homes???

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The trees were saplings when conrail, then amtrak took over, and were left there because PC didn't have the money to clear them then. The right of way needs to be clear of trees to avoid falling trees or limbs to down electrical lines, or even worse, cause a derailment or other serious incident. Also, the leaves create flat spots on the wheels from braking when the wheel detects slippage when there is no slippage because of the oily residue from leaves cthat fall on the tracks that thehn get run over.

 

If you look at PRR era footage and images you'll notice a lack of trees.

 

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