19 Apr '12, 7am

Seattle Man Relocates Hundreds of Unwanted Trees

Seattle Man Relocates Hundreds of Unwanted Trees

During the week, 51-year-old Bernie O'Brien leads a normal life as a consultant for an art managing firm in Washington state -- but on the weekends, he transforms into no less than an arboreal superhero, a rescuer of trees. For the last five years or so, the West Seattle native has saved hundreds of unwanted trees throughout his community from the chainsaw or bulldozer by single-handedly relocating them to his home where they can rest their roots in peace. While serving as hero to trees may seem like a thankless job, and one certainly in need of a glitzier moniker (his wife has dubbed him 'the human shovel'), for O'Brien, giving condemned trees a new lease on life is what being a good neighbor to Nature is all about. So, whenever he learns of a tree in need of a new home, O'Brien is certain to respond. "Trees are not just a number and we can never have too many. They, too,...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/seattle-man-re...

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