Back in 2006, a Hudson Tree Board was created by Rainer Judd, then a Third Ward alderman and the chair of the Common Council Public Works Committee. The Tree Board didn't survive beyond Judd's two-year term in office, but during its brief existence, it recruited Andrew Pleninger of Urban Forestry LLC to do a study, in 2007, of the trees in Hudson. Recently, a reader brought to my attention one particularly prescient statement in that report, now five years old: "There are relatively few mature trees. Resources should be directed toward preserving the larger trees."
With that Cassandra phenomenon in mind, Gossips remembers the mature trees Hudson has lost in the past year.