Once Angel has just the bottommost 15 feet of trunk left, the cherry picker work is done. Brooks stands on the ground to fell the remainder and uses the notch and backcut method to keep himself from harm. "This is the most dangerous part," says Swim. "If you just cut straight through, such an extreme lean can snap the tree, popping it up in a flash and causing serious injury." After a quick slice with the whirring saw, Brooks steps back to watch the shortened trunk crash safely on the grass.
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