A few weeks ago the local county maintenance crew decided they needed to trim the trees on our county road. We're still not sure exactly why now and why these particular trees. They are not allowed to trim trees on our property (the trees are right on the property line) but they are allowed to trim branches that hang over onto the road side. To us, the trees weren't particularly wild or hanging over onto the county road which would interfere with trucks driving down the road. Afterward, it looked like a tree monster had come through and shredded the branches. It looks like some of the trees may not recover from the brutal trimming.
It was a case of lose-lose, rather than win-win. We lost some of our nice trees. And we paid for the work with our local taxes.