Hanahan: To Tree or Not To Tree…

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As Hanahan’s elected officials rush higgledy-piggledy towards the congested, overcrowded Mt. Pleasant/Summerville developmental model, many of the politically active citizens of this little berg have become unwitting participants in the ongoing process of shitting in not just their own nests, but everybody else’s nest as well.

City government is nothing more than a vehicle greasing the way for developers who want to plop down even more residential units in the bottomless money pit known as Tanner Plantation. No one talks about the downstream effects of this misguided policy. No one recognizes the importance of the Newtonian dictum: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”*

City Hall doesn’t want you to speculate on any future of our little town other their own roses and lollipops vision. They are aided in that diversion by a contingent of elderly, retired northerners whose main goal is to facilitate the Concrete Tidal Wave which is poised to inundate the little patches of flora and fauna that remain undisturbed on this side of the river. The only place these folks want to see a turkey is in the frozen poultry section at the Bi-Lo

In order to accurately predict the future one must understand the past. To that end I would like to bring up the subject of trees.

My family has owned acreage on Williams Lane since 1984. I moved onto this property in 2002 shortly before the stampede began. One thing that always puzzled me is why city government did not foresee the results of not having a mechanism in place for proscribing the planting of large tree specimens directly under power lines. These folks have lived in the Lowcountry for most of their lives. Over the years, they must surely have read the occasional articles in the Post and Courier concerning residents of various neighborhoods who were angry at the “butchering” of trees next to power lines?

This tree planting process along Foster Creek Road went on for years as each new neighborhood was developed. Didn’t anyone realize that little trees become big trees and big trees eventually need to be butchered to accommodate power lines?

There are common sense guidelines concerning the placement of power lines near trees. For years these guidelines have been available to anyone who is able to google the following:

“Tree planting near power lines.”

                                          Click to enlarge!

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The link below is from the University of Florida. Note the picture and comment: “POOR CHOICE: Live oak and other wide spreading trees planted too close to power lines need to be pruned regularly.”

http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/treesandpowerlines/goodandpoor.shtml

The worst example of this monumental error is evident in the landscaped frontage on Foster Creek Road in front of  The Reserve.The-Reserve-#2

The Sweetgrass subdivision has a few live oaks at the entrance and a lot of deciduous trees planted under the power lines heading north towards Williams Lane. I will have to wait until spring to identify them. I think they are a maple variety. At any rate, they do not belong there. Below is a picture of what the trees along Foster Creek Road will look like in a decade or so. Note that live oaks are not slow growing trees. They are among the fastest growing in the oak species.

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*Newton’s Third Law can be applied to more than Physics. It can also be extended  to cultural, political, and social interaction between human beings.

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