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If by 'felling' you mean simply cutting it at the base so that it falls the entire length of the tree, that is definitely to be avoided in cases where it might fall on something important or damage other trees and such on the way down. You can cut down a tree in sections starting at the top, removing the branches first and lowering each section of trunk to the ground on ropes as it is cut.
Q: If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound? If there was no one to observe the tree fall did it even fall at all? It's déjà vu all over again. If sound is experiential, not the production of longitudinal compression waves, then it made no sound. Since your hypothetic states a tree falls in the forest, how could I possible contradict you?
A tree generally known to be healthy loses a branch the owner’s attorney would claim “act of god” thus no liability falls on his client. If the owner of the tree knew the tree was rotten and did nothing about protecting the property of others then the owner might be held liable. Your tree fell because of other causes? If there was a riot, car accident, or fire that caused the tree to fall, then it would be classified under that peril and covered. On the other hand, if a tree fell over because of ground movement and damaged your house, it could be excluded if ground movement is an exclusion on your policy.
(most common). 1. If you have a camera, take photos all during this process. If have a cell phone that has a camera, that camera may do. 2. Warn all of the members of your household that the tree may represent a dangerous hazard and stay clear of the tree.