There's a lovely maple tree on the edge of our county road that was threatened a while back.
Not from any imported insect but from our road's people who said the tree was a "potential threat."
Seems that this maple had a few branches that "could fall onto the county road." Many stately trees were cut down all over the county. Not trimmed. Cut.
I called the road's people and told them that I didn't think it needed to be cut down, this 100-year-old (or more) maple.
And so, they didn't cut it down. I asked the boss to paint the red 'x' out so that the cutting crew didn't make a mistake. How would they know that it was to be saved from the axe? And the next day the red 'x' was brown and this lovely maple still stands. One phone call and a tree was saved. I've got the power!