Poisoned Trees: What One Fool Can Do


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http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/02/17/...ex.html?hpt=T2

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A man was arrested early Thursday and faces criminal mischief charges for allegedly applying a herbicide commonly used to kill trees and brush to landmark 130-year-old live oaks on the edge of the Auburn University campus in east-central Alabama, police said.

Harvey Updyke Jr. was taken into custody at the Auburn Police Department, Police Chief Tommy Dawson told reporters. He was being held in the Lee County Detention Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail, Dawson said. He will be charged with first-degree criminal mischief.
So, apparently this Rhodes Scholar decided to poison priceless live oaks over a sports revelry. Because he told this radio show 2 MONTHS after using this extremely effective tree-killer, those trees are likely doomed. To me, this is a microscopic view that illustrates the sheer ignorance that is at the core of so much casual cruelty. It's so very easy to destroy things, and so hard to preserve them, and how much do you want to bet that someone will be laughing that "tree-huggers" cried at a news conference.

Makes me sick.
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What a jerk. I can't say more or I'd violate the guidelines for civility. And this wasn't even some young kid, he's 62 years old!
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What a jerk. I can't say more or I'd violate the guidelines for civility. And this wasn't even some young kid, he's 62 years old!
Yep, that was my reaction.

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Poisoned Trees: What One Fool Can Do


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Yep, that was my reaction.
In the 60's we were in a mad fight to save Maine's elm trees from destruction by Dutch elm disease. Bingham's downtown and the University of Maine's beautiful Orono campus were horribly scarred by the loss of so many majestic trees. Nothing seemed to work. We had trees "tapped" and looking like sugar maples in the spring, except instead of removing sap, we were injecting compounds that we hoped would protect the elms from beetle-damage and/or the disease they carried. The organist in my college band was a horticulture major and the resident caretaker of the UMO greenhouse. He would be in tears to learn that someone had actually poisoned beautiful trees like that.

The city of Waterville was once known as "the Elm City" because of all the tall graceful elms lining its streets. You'd be hard-pressed to find a surviving elm today. Slow-motion damage, but just as devastating as a fire in the long term.
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When I first heard about this in the gym, about 3 hours, ago I wasn't too alarmed. However, as I walked out the gym I stopped to enjoy the beautiful weather we're having here in the south. I was admiring a set of beautiful trees, rustling in the wind for about 20 minutes.

It all of sudden hit me that this individual has destroyed a natural scene that countless people have enjoyed, and many will never admire. Not only has he destroyed a natural aritifact but a precious landscape that can't be easily recovered over a series of pathetic games.
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Quote Quote by czelaya View Post
It all of sudden hit me that this individual has destroyed a natural scene that countless people have enjoyed, and many will never admire. Not only has he destroyed a natural aritifact but a precious landscape that can't be easily recovered over a series of pathetic games.
Wow way to descirbe nature!!!!!!!! though its all very true
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In the 60's we were in a mad fight to save Maine's elm trees from destruction by Dutch elm disease. Bingham's downtown and the University of Maine's beautiful Orono campus were horribly scarred by the loss of so many majestic trees. Nothing seemed to work. We had trees "tapped" and looking like sugar maples the spring, except instead of removing sap, we were injecting compounds that we hoped would protect the elms from beetle-damage and/or the disease they carried. The organist in my college band was a horticulture major and the resident caretaker of the UMO greenhouse. He would be in tears to learn that someone had actually poisoned beautiful trees like that.

The city of Waterville was once known as "the Elm City" because of all the tall graceful elms lining its streets. You'd be hard-pressed to find a surviving elm today. Slow-motion damage, but just as devastating as a fire in the long term.
It's terrible, but for one person to do so much damage so quickly... horrific.

@czelaya: Well said, sad, but well said.
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Feb17-11, 04:24 PM
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it's not ignorance, just meanness.

i'm not surprised that he called the Finebaum show to brag about it. Finebaum has been trolling the rednecks for years here. most don't take it too seriously, even though it is the state religion here, but some folks will get wound up like this.
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Quote Quote by Proton Soup View Post
it's not ignorance, just meanness.

i'm not surprised that he called the Finebaum show to brag about it. Finebaum has been trolling the rednecks for years here. most don't take it too seriously, even though it is the state religion here, but some folks will get wound up like this.
He would have to be more than "mean" in my view to do this if he were genuinely aware of the impact he would have.
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This makes me very angry.
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Quote Quote by nismaratwork View Post
He would have to be more than "mean" in my view to do this if he were genuinely aware of the impact he would have.
a good portion of the fans will be ticked off.

as far as the trees? sure, they have cultural significance. but as a resource, they're a dime a dozen down here. we knock 'em down to build malls and housing all the time.
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Quote Quote by Proton Soup View Post
a good portion of the fans will be ticked off.

as far as the trees? sure, they have cultural significance. but as a resource, they're a dime a dozen down here. we knock 'em down to build malls and housing all the time.
I know... it's not as though he introduced the blight on American Chestnut... I'm just horrified by the sheer <series of curses in English, Hebrew, Russian, and a few other> of it.

Besides, there's something essentially disgusting about ANYONE, but especially a 67 year old man killing a tree that's made generations happy. It doesn't really matter if it made them happy for reasons I find silly... it was so... well you said it, it's mean.

@Chi Meson: I'm sorry that you're angry, but I'm glad this makes you angry.
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Man, some of you people are going nuts over a few trees. I expect this kind of disgust reserved for people like Osama Bin Laden, not some guy killing trees.
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My wife has only visited the deep south a couple of times with me. She was very impressed by the appearance of live-oaks. They are very dramatic-looking spreading trees compared to the "lean and mean" trees that can survive Maine's climate. When she saw this story on NBC news tonight, she was horrified. I didn't tell her about this thread or do a set-up of any kind. It was "wham!" and "how could someone do such a horrible thing?"
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Quote Quote by Jack21222 View Post
Man, some of you people are going nuts over a few trees. I expect this kind of disgust reserved for people like Osama Bin Laden, not some guy killing trees.
Trees? The trees are not the point. The point is that these particular trees were a focal point for school celebrations, and some idiot decided that he needed to take matters into his own hands and kill them to spite the supporters of a rival school. How sick is that?
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Trees? The trees are not the point. The point is that these particular trees were a focal point for school celebrations, and some idiot decided that he needed to take matters into his own hands and kill them to spite the supporters of a rival school. How sick is that?
So? They'll plant new trees. Or buy them. It's not "sick" at all. Your average, workaday rapist is a thousand times more sickening than this person, maybe more, but I don't see people posting and flipping out about every single rape in this country every day.
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Quote Quote by Jack21222 View Post
So? They'll plant new trees. Or buy them. It's not "sick" at all. Your average, workaday rapist is a thousand times more sickening than this person, maybe more, but I don't see people posting and flipping out about every single rape in this country every day.
New trees wont reach that size in the lifetime of anyone here. The point is that it was a wasteful, spiteful, stupid thing to do because of a crazed sports rivalry.
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Are you saying that people shouldn't be sad about a hit and run driver who kills a cherished family pet for example, because rape is much more horrible?

This isn't really meant to be a contest.


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