These days, removing senescent trees and clearing out deadwood requires a combination of high-tech machinery:

Treecutting - 76 ft manlift
Treecutting – 76 ft manlift

And good old manual labor:

Treecutting - trunk takedown
Treecutting – trunk takedown

One of the guys observed that they get a good deal of amusement from Youtube videos of amateur tree cutting incidents.

They worked hard all day, pacing themselves well, finished cutting in a driving rainstorm, then returned the next day for cleanup.

I felt a nap comin’ on strong…