DANGEROUS TREES AND A VERY CUTE POSSUM
November 13, 2014 | Michael Spence
Long time no blog… times just going too quickly at the moment.
What about these temperatures we’re having lately… It’s been ridiculously hot! We have the crew working up at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat for the next few days which is good timing, it’ll be quite a bit cooler up there. I just read on the Bureau of Meteorology website there’s a chance we’ll get see some storms over the next couple days. I’m not sure how much good that will do, the rain (if any) will just run straight to the creeks. The ground is just so hard and dry it needs a steady soaking.
We did a job at Parkwood International Golf Course recently, a habitat tree had moved and became unsafe, it needed to be taken down urgently.
On inspection I saw signs of wildlife so called in a spotter / catcher who came that day and rescued a Possum and her Joey. The Possums were relocated to another tree close to the habitat tree and the habitat tree was removed safely.
This large dead habitat tree was in active failure and had to be removed straight away, as it was close to houses and above the 12th tee! We used a EWP (elevated work platform) to safely dismantle it. It was amazing what was holding the tree up, only a maximum of 150mm of sound wood of only 1/3 of the tree!
When you apply to the Gold Coast City Council to remove a tree, sometimes they specify that a spotter / catcher is present if they suspect there may be wildlife present. All wildlife is re-homed by the spotter / catcher close by in a tree which has been checked out. The Gold Coast City Council have a web page detailing which plants and animals have been spotted and are protected in your local area.
It would be a good job being a spotter/ catcher, although I’m sure they have days when that sneaky little Possum just doesn’t want to be caught!
Be safe in the sun