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Publication Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Going, going, gone: four eucalyptus trees Going, going, gone: four eucalyptus trees (March 17, 2004)

Four giant eucalyptus trees in the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve are coming down this week to make room for a new deck allowing visitors to view birds on Sausal Pond, right behind The Sequoias retirement complex in Portola Valley.

The work by Davey Tree Company should take four-to-five days starting March 15, said Ana Ruiz, open space planner for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

The trees must go for several reasons, Ms. Ruiz said. They are not native, they pose a fire hazard, and they tend to drop big branches. "This is a popular spot," she said. "Huge branches keep falling off the trees. It's a hazard to people."

While work is going on, Lower Spring Ridge Trail will be closed between the parking lot on Portola Road and where the trail heads up the hill. Preserve users may take the Betsy Crowder Trail from the parking lot. Signs are posted at all trail entrances to the preserve.

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