Workers from New Albany’s Lights, Gas and Water (NALGW) department did some high level work in a city park Tuesday, June 30th.
A dead pin-oak tree, estimated at 130 feet in height, was taken down piece-by-piece by workmen using the city’s hybrid-powered bucket truck. The truck’s 65 foot lift, as mounted on the ten-foot high truck body, can extend workers about 75 feet above the ground.
With the truck parked in the middle of the playground area at the Park-Along-the-River city workers Kevin Wilson and Dustin Freeman attacked the dead tree with ropes and a chain saw, filling the surrounding air with wood chips and the distinctive smell of hardwood sap. Some naturalists say the unique smell comes from acetic acid released when pin oak and other varieties of red oak timber is sawn.