New Series Big Bad Wood Premieres Thursday, October 17, at 9 PM ET/PT

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 If a Tree Falls in Boston,
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New Series Big Bad Wood Premieres Thursday, October 17, at 9 PM ET/PT

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 4, 2013) – As the saying goes, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Well, if a tree falls in Boston, you can pretty much guarantee these guys were there to bring it down! From parked cars to power lines to irate neighbors, urban tree cutters encounter circumstances that forest loggers couldn’t imagine. It is one thing to cut down a tree in the woods, but when you’re cutting down trees in an urban environment, there’s a whole new set of obstacles.

Big Bad Wood, premiering Thursday, October 17, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel, follows four tree trimming companies in the greater Boston area as they cut down trees in some of the most challenging and dangerous environments that a tree cutter can encounter. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter at @NGC_PR.

With a 7,500-square-foot facility, more than 80 pieces of equipment and more than 80 employees, Tree Tech is the largest of the tree cutting companies featured in the series. Founded in 1986 by owner Andy Felix, they have become a fixture in New England. Former Marine and crane operator John Haehnel is the foreman of the crew. He’s a stickler for the rules and runs a tight ship, which doesn’t always fly with the rest of his crew.

American Climbers are the cowboys of the bunch. According to owner Rich Yurweicz, there’s no tree too big or too challenging for these guys to tackle. He leads by example and expects his guys to get the job done right and on time. They take the jobs other companies wouldn’t dare. Taking risks is all in a day’s work.

Specialized Rigging and Tree Care are old school. With only four guys, some ropes and pulleys, and a chipper, they tackle locations that the other tree companies can’t. Ted King is the greenhorn of the group. Their challenge is to mold Ted from a greenhorn into a climber. With Ted “knowing absolutely nothing about anything,” this is a huge challenge for owner Jay Malouf and crew.

All Season Tree Service has been in business for 28 years. Owner Brian Kittery considers his bucket operator, Jimmy “Goat” Scannell, to be “the son he never had … and never wanted.” Needless to say, these guys don’t always get along, but at the end of the day, they’re family.

Tree cutting is one of the most dangerous jobs in America … and rightfully so. These blue-collar cowboys risk it all just for an honest day’s work. Every day is different, and each job presents a whole new set of obstacles. One wrong move could cost them thousands of dollars in property damage, or even their lives.

Premiere Episodes Include:

Big Bad Wood: Boston Tree Party 
Premieres Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT 
Four urban tree cutting crews take down giant trees right smack in the middle of greater Boston. The crew of All Season Tree Service starts its day off wrong when the bucket man shows up for work drunk and punches the owner. The cowboys of American Climbers have to avoid power lines and a locked, unmovable car on the street to remove a 70-foot box elder from a narrow yard. Specialized Rigging and Tree Care take down a towering white pine while giving a new crew member the chance to show his stuff. And a climber on the Tree Tech crew accidentally drops a “widow-maker” tree branch on the groundsmen below.

Big Bad Wood: Tree of Terror (102) 
Premieres Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT 
The gang from American Climbers are hired to take down a giant 90-foot pine tree the homeowner has nicknamed the “Tree of Terror” because it almost killed his son. After losing their number one bucket man, All Season Tree Service is down to a team of three and has to tackle a huge tree that’s surrounded by power lines. The new guy on the Specialized Rigging and Tree Care crew has got only one job to do — deflect the falling branches with the pole saw. But even that task may be too advanced for the newbie. And the Tree Tech crew removes a huge, dying elm tree in the upscale neighborhood of Cambridge.

Big Bad Wood: The Lion’s Den (106) 
Premieres Thursday, October 31, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT 
The crews step out of their comfort zones as they confront dangerous weather, family feuds and a trip inside a lion’s den. A simple takedown at Southwick’s Zoo turns into a harrowing encounter in the heart of the lion’s den for the American Climbers crew. In Everett, All Season Tree Service ends up embroiled in a family squabble as the boys are contracted to remove an overgrown maple with a great deal of sentimental value. Meanwhile, weather strikes both North Attleborough and Dracut as the crews from Specialized Rigging and Tree Care and Tree Tech struggle with difficult removals while enduring the icy cold and wet conditions.

Big Bad Wood: Son of a Beech (103) 
Premieres Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT 
It’s another tough day for these four Boston area tree cutting crews. American Climbers take on a hollow beech tree in Framingham with a fraying rope. When the Specialized Rigging and Tree Care crew are called to take down a dangerous tree near a school, a crew member’s back injury gives the greenhorn, Ted, a chance to prove himself up in the tree. Tree Tech struggles to lift a massive, dying ash tree over a three-story house while dealing with faulty communication equipment. And while the boys from All Season Tree Service are taking on an unstable cherry tree at an old sawmill, reckless behavior in the bucket threatens to cost the crew another member.

Big Bad Wood: Demon Tree (104) 
Premieres Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT 
On a cold, windy day in Boston, Specialized Rigging and Tree Care tackles a giant pine that the client claims is possessed by a demon. A 200-year-old oak gives Tree Tech’s young hanger a chance to prove himself. Facing a huge pine with one man down, the American Climbers crew must work twice as hard to beat the rain. All Season Tree Service owner Brian Kittery decides to show his crew he still has what it takes by climbing a 100-foot pine, but one wrong move brings everything crashing down.

Big Bad Wood: Turf War (107) 
Premieres Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT 
A turf war erupts on the outskirts of Boston when one crew treads on another’s territory. Perturbed by a competing company stealing some local work, the Tree Tech crew learns a valuable lesson in safety. American Climbers proves that taking down a splintering 95-foot pine by hand is not a job for chickens. Meanwhile, All Season Tree Service tackles a multistemmed tree that’s been causing problems for a local firefighter. And Specialized Rigging and Tree Care uses a sailing winch and old-school ingenuity to hoist a large oak tree up and away from a house in Hingham.

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