Butchered trees



Our trees were trimmed courtesy of our power company. We have Leyland Cypress trees that were planted for their benefits to our air quality. Planting trees is the current strategy to reduce frequency of airborne virus among chickens in a flock. There is evidence of transmission of IBV over a distance of 1200 yards. Our breeder farm was affected by a highly contagious airborne viral respiratory disease of chickens. The outcome was a great loss of income to the farm and a great loss of investment to the aggregator.

The NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Services), ADEM (Alabama Department of Environmental Management), and Alabama foresters were consulted on the best solution.

Planting trees was the agreed solution – they trap and reduce emission of ammonia to below 25 ppm and they have the inherent capacity to absorb and reduce dispersion of emissions from all poultry operations.

Why did the power company find it necessary to butcher trees that were 18 feet in height, 12 feet in width, yet have branches too weak to hold a Christmas ornament? The cypress trees were recommended by the Alabama Cooperative Extension as they also are an excellent screening plant.

The real question for all of us is why are trees that are a true interference not trimmed? We all see them everyday on the roads in Blount County. These are the trees that create power problems during storms!

Fair and the bottom line – do they ever meet? Dissatisfied customer,

Afreda Kneeves

Altoona