I am an Environmentalist. I try to look at all sides of the picture, but as I have grown older and read more about what is going on in the World, I am very concerned about all the factors that will affect my family in the future.
I spent forty-two years in the tree maintenance business and had a pesticide license until recently since I am retired. With a world population of over 600,000,000,000 people my extended family will hopefully see 2050 at which time the World population will exceed 900,000,000,000 people. Many scientist say is all the earth can support 900 billion people.
Yes, climate change is real
We are running out of useful water.
We are polluting the air.
In general we are destroying the environment.
I think all thinking people need to learn more about these issues.
Therefore the purpose of this web site is to help educate. I also post things of interest to me such as my hobbies of fly fishing, gardening etc.
I don't pretend to know all the answers.
My company was small and besides doing extensive tree maintenance work, I was a consulting arborist. We also installed irrigation systems and had an insect control program. I believe that we always acted responsibly. We tried to protect the land and what lived in it. I became a hobby bee keeper and had 20 hives at one time. A number of times we removed bees from trees that we had to work in and found new homes for those bees.
Several years before retiring, in 2007, I had become an avid fly fisherman and enjoy tying flies. For almost ten years I have taught beginners fly tying for our TU program.. I am active with Trout Unlimited locally and nationally.
I am also on a local boards that are concerned about beautifing our neighborhood and city.
I especially cherish the trees we have in Charlotte and am involved in organizations that promote the proper care and protection of them.
I am concerned about invasive species.
Every day is a learning experience.
Live experiences are a plus ...
Since retiring, I have been asked to do some consulting work which I have declined. Fairly frequently, people I know or others in my neighborhood have asked for my opinion on landscape and especially tree issues. I do this to help people and always suggest who they should use to do the type of work. I purposely do not charge for this and just consider it a civic duty. I have no official affiliation with any Tree Services, Landscape companies, or Irrigation contractors. I do have opinions about who does good work and who does not.
(posted at age 78 - December 2016) Jack McNeary