I really miss the old Fatwallet tree stories. Never thought I’d have one of my own, but here it goes…
Neighbor 1 is next door, and has a large tree on the back corner of their lot next to me. I’m pretty sure it’s on his property, and he takes responsibility, so great, I never worried about it. It’s about 200 feet behind our houses on the back property line, up a hill through an old growth wooded area. The tree had housed a bees nest a couple years ago, and has some visible rot in the trunk. It has a diameter more than 2 feet, and a commensurate height.
Neighbor 2 is behind us. And has complained (to neighbor 1) about the tree being a hazzard. Neighbor 1 has had 2 companies look at it, both saying it isn’t going anywhere. I’m told the landlord of the places behind us also agreed it posed no danger beyond being a large tree. I understand Neighbor 2’s concern, but no action was indicated.
Today, the tree came down.
Neighbor 2 decided to cut down. The entire thing fell across my property, and when I wandered back to see what the hell was going on, they were cutting away at it like I was just a bystander. N2 was there, and said she paid to have it taken down because no one else would take responsibility (said she called the power company, the city, the county). Said someone was coming to remove the tree, and they would be clearing the brush.
What’s done is done, so “can she do that” is a ship that’s already sailed. But, WTF? This is on someone else’s property! And without any notice! We have 5 kids combined, including 2 8 year olds who play in those woods. And this is a pretty massive tree that came down without warning.
Frankly, N1 doesn’t care, it’s a potential hassle for him that’s been taken care of, at no cost to him. And I have no problem with my land being used as the landing strip. And neither has any interest in starting a neighborhood dispute, legally or otherwise. But speaking in terms of potential consequences, is there anything we can or should do to get in front of any future grief? I’m thinking of contacting the police to get a report on file documenting the ‘incident’ and make it clear that wasn’t appropriate or authorized, just in case she tries to forward the bill to one of us or doesn’t follow thru on cleaning up the mess. I was also thinking that the tree is still either N1’s or mine (it’s on my land, but it’s essentially stolen property at this point), but neither of us are motivated to stake a claim and try to monetize the wood - I’m happy with someone else cleaning up what I’d be responsible for had it fallen on its own. We’re really just miffed that this potentially dangerous task was done on our properties without even mentioning it in advance - but like I said at the top, it’s already done and we can’t demand the tree be of back up. I’m mostly resigned to being a little miffed then forgetting about it, unless someone brings up other legit things to be concerned about.
Thoughts? Comments? Missing details that may be relevant?