So the DEC put out an Oak wilt update. They think they have it under control. I'm sorry I won't hold my breath on that. Why because they never clearly addressed the issue with town highway departments. I say this because having 200 red oak and this being just over the hill from us I have been very careful. Thinning in winter around the oak flats to avoid wind damage. Never trimming before a heavy snow and sustained cold. Though I started noticing the town grinding the hell out of everyones road frontage. Now the town had to replace several of my pine because of this disease spreading monstrosity. 6ft replacements. Because no one every says HEY! You have 30ft from the center of the road to either side. NOT 30 ft from the culvert. This year I got a call he's headed your way. I had to literally stand in front of the tractor waving my arms to get him to stop before our line. We had a little chat. He either had no idea about the oak wilt or was playing dumb. When I got done he knew about a lot of things. Then he said if I keep it on the ground only are we good? I said as long as you stay in the culvert. I'll clear anything else at the proper time before plow season. I tell you this because one of the first things he said to me is you've got to be the only one that knows this. I said perhaps so, you've certainly been pushing if with a lot of land owners. Your boss didn't like having to measure then go buy those trees. I'm pretty sure he'd like a bill for 200 mature timber oak a lot less. So remember you have property rights,regardless of what they try to sell you.