Tree professionals still cleaning up fallen branches from March storm
Sten Spinella and Matt Martinez report in The Berkshire Eagle that the March 14 nor'easter caused a lot of damage to local forests, and tree professionals in Berkshire County are overwhelmed now during their busiest season. Noah Kelley, co-owner of Kelley Brothers Tree Service, of Pittsfield said, “Usually somewhere in late March, early April is when we just get hammered with calls. It’s not a bad problem to have; it just always happens the same way each year. We always think we’re ready for it, and we’re not.” But this year has been worse. Shaun Grady, Pittsfield traffic superintendent, said the city has been busy with downed tree branches for the past three weeks, calling in extra help from Northern Tree Services. They are most concerned about “hangers,” or dangling limbs that can pose a threat to residents or electric lines. While some fallen trees and limbs are dangerous, others have more emotional resonance. Jim Stakenas, who lives across the street from the Clarksburg Town Hall, lost a large maple tree in his backyard, though it did not cause any damage. “My family and I love that maple in the backyard,” Stakenas said, “and we feel a loss there. But we were fortunate.” Read more about this story in The Berkshire Eagle.