Late in the fall we remove trees that have been structurally compromised in some way or another that pose a potential risk to public safety or private property. This tree showed signs of a carpenter ant infestation at the base, and it was located right behind a private residence (the camera was sitting on corner of the garage).
There were some challenges in taking this tree down. The tree also had a lean which was going more or less parallel to the property line, and there weren't any solid anchors in order to guy the tree directly opposite to the lean. So we set up two 5:1 mechanical advantage rigging systems about 60 degrees apart going up the slope and directly away from the private property. The fell of the tree was aimed half way between the lines, but it was expected that it would end up falling to the right, which it did. The resting position of the tree was on top of the right hand rigging .
A slice of wood, a "cookie", was taken from the base of the tree the following day, and showed portions of the ant colony damage. If left unchecked, this tree had the potential to do a lot of damage, and would have been much more dangerous to take down as the colony grew. A photo of the cookie is shown at the end of the video.
This video is intended strictly for entertainment purposes, and should not be considered in any way as a tutorial in how to fell a tree.