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Danny, the Arboriculture Scientist. Testing the limits
A winter landscape with snow and bare trees. A tanker truck is parked in the road, with a hose extending out of the back and up a tall scaffolding. The person standing at the top of the scaffolding yells to the person below, "Ok Angella, let it roll!"
A woman wearing a winter hat turns a large wheel and says, "Here it comes."
The middle frame shows a man in a winter hat and gloves holding a pole attached to a hose. The hose makes a "foooshh" sound.
The right frame shows a hose spraying water onto a tree branch covered with ice and snow. The tree branch makes a "creeeek" sound.
A snow- and ice-covered tree branch breaks off from a large tree, making a "CRACKA!" sound. Some one yells, "Look out below!"
Danny, the narrator, says, "Long before I started creating my own ice storms, I was quite familiar with the damage ice can do to a tree." He stands in a snowy landscape holding a pole and a hose, looking down at a large branch that has broken off a tree. In the background, a person waits next to a tank truck.
Twenty years earlier... Danny as a young boy, about six or seven years old, stands in a snowy landscape. He is looking down with amazement at a broken tree branch and saying, "Whoa."
Danny, the narrator, says, "I've always been fascinated by trees." Danny as a young boy, about six or seven years old, stands next to a tree, one hand touching the trunk. He looks in awe.
Right frame shows Danny as a young man wearing a baseball cap, touching a tree trunk.
Danny, the narrator, says, "A friend told me that urban forestry would allow me to take care of trees in people's yards, on streets, and in parks. That sounded good to me." A road forks into two different paths. A person strolls along the righthand path, labeled with a sign reading "urban forestry."
Danny, the narrator, says, "Following school, I worked in tree care, getting paid to climb trees and swing from ropes!" He is wearing a helmet, safety classes, gloves, backpack, and other equipment. He holds onto a rope as he ascends a tall tree. Power lines are in the background.
Danny, the narrator, says, "But my career path was far from straight." Danny stands holding a pole saw in one hand. He has a beard and mustache and is wearing gloves, safety headphones, and various tools on his belt. A chainsaw sits nearby.
Danny, the narrator, says, "Looking for higher pay and perhaps a more stable career, I shifted gears and got a job in advertising." He stands holding a coffee mug in one hand. He is clean-shaven and wearing a suit and tie. A water cooler stands nearby.
Danny, the narrator, says, "But after a while, I realized it wasn't for me. " He sits at a desk, holding a mouse and looking at a computer screen. He looks sad.
Danny, the narrator, says, "But after a while, I realized it wasn't for me. I missed working with trees... so I went back to tree care." The left frame shows him sitting at a desk, holding a mouse and looking at a computer screen. He looks sad. The right frame shows a view out of the office window onto a tree-filled landscape.
Danny, the narrator, says, "I remember attending a pruning workshop after I'd gotten back to working with trees. People had tons of questions for the instructor." A female instructor stands in front of a small group of people, pointing at a large picture of a tree. One of the people asks, "Why do we make the cut there?" Another asks, "Why do we leave this branch and not that one?" The third asks, "How do we know?"
The female instructor stands with her hands raised and says, "This is what we think based on the science we have but we don't know for sure. There's just no research on it." The audience sits in the background.
The right frame shows the audience members, including Danny, looking confused.
Danny, the narrator, says, "Sometimes, my company got called when trees were damaged in storms. By then, it was often too late to help." A large tree branch sits on top of the hood of a car. The hood is badly dented and the windshield is cracked and broken. The car's owners stand nearby, distraut and dismayed. Danny looks on and says, "Whoa."
Danny stands scratching his chin, looking at a broken tree branch which has smashed through a window. He thinks to himself, "How can we prevent this kind of damage to trees?"
Danny, the narrator, says, "Maybe I could do research to help people who work with trees do their jobs better." He stands holding a pole saw in one hand. He has a beard and mustache and is wearing gloves, safety headphones, and various tools on his belt. A chainsaw sits nearby.
Danny, the narrator, says, "So I went to grad school to research how to better care for trees." He stands holding a large book under one arm. He is wearing a t-shirt and jeans.
Danny, the narrator, says, "Today, I have several research projects going. For this study, I'm measuring how much ice a branch can hold before it breaks." A winter landscape with snow and bare trees. A tanker truck is parked in the road, with a hose extending out of the back and up a tall scaffolding. The person standing at the top of the scaffolding yells to the person below, "Ok Angella, let it roll!"
Danny, the narrator, says, "I spray water onto tree branches during the water." He stands on a scaffolding and holds a hose as it sprays onto a snow-and-ice-covered tree branch. A person looks up at him from the ground.
Danny, the narrator, says, "As it freezes and ice builds up, we measure the sagging branch's angle as it changes over time." He stands near a tree branch that is sagging under the heavy weight of ice and snow. He is holding a level and other measuring equipment. He says, "26 degrees. This one's really holding on!"
Danny, the narrator, says, "If the branch doesn't break, we systematically cut it up." Danny stands on a scaffolding using a chainsaw to cut down the snow-and-ice-covered tree branch. A woman in a winter hat stands on the ground and keeps the branch from falling.
Danny, the narrator, says "Then we measure the ice thickness, and calculate the ice's weight." Danny is holding a tool and standing next to a large table. A woman stands nearby, writing on a clipboard. Several ice-covered branches are laying on the table.
Danny, the narrator, says, "Basically, we gather all the data we possibly can." A tool called a caliper is open to measure an ice-covered branch. Someone says, "Twenty-two millimeters thick."
Danny stands, holding a tree branch and looking perplexed. He thinks, "But why did this branch snap while another hung there for hours? What about them is different?"
Danny, the narrator, says, "Maybe our data can help us prune trees in a way that enables them to survive ice storms. But this work also leads to a lot of future questions." He stands in front of a room of people. He points at a projected screen showing several pictures of trees. People sit at tables nearby, watching and listening.
Danny, in silhouette, stands next to a tree, scratching his head. He thinks, "If we had left this branch on, would it have returned to its original position? Would it be more likely to break in a future storm? Would the mended branch be stronger or weaker than it was before?
Danny, the narrator, says, "There's a lot more work to do." He stands holding the hose and gesturing behind him. A large branch is laying on the ground. He says, "Let's get this one back to the lab." Two people wearing winter clothes stand off to the side. One of them says, "I told you it would fall."