Huge tree falls in Menlo Park Menlo Park, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm
A huge stone pine tree fell at about 6 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the corner of Sharon Park Drive and Warner Range Avenue in Menlo Park. Luckily, it fell away from the home of its owners, and no one was injured.
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Posted by tree care, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm
Large, mature trees are one of the things that make Menlo Park special. Unfortunately, we too often take these giants for granted. Numerous large trees like this Stone Pine have fallen in recent years. Residents and the City could all do a better job of caring for our trees. Simple steps, like making sure they get the proper amount of water (not too much or too little) and are routinely pruned, will go a long way toward preserving them for future generations.
Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community, on Mar 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm
Wish the trees along the Alameda in Atherton were maintained. They haven't ben trimmed for years. Many hang at perilous angles over the road. When they fall, or when a major branch gives way, someone could very easily be killed.
Posted by Some Guy, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2012 at 11:08 am
Yes, someone could very easily have been killed, people are very easy to kill.
You [portion removed; be respectful of other posters] cannot prevent death. Doesn't matter if the tree was maintained or not. It makes more sense to mourn the loss of shade and beauty the tree provided than to worry about someone getting killed.
Of course, our government kills thousands of people all over the world every day, I don't see you campaigning to stop those people from being killed.
Posted by R.Gordon, a resident of another community, on Mar 13, 2012 at 11:22 am
SOME GUY....thank you for a clear voice.
I admire a lot of your posts because you are not a fanatic like a lot of the political types who think about nothing but this area.
The war and the fallen troops are rarely, if ever mentioned not the killing of thousands of people every day around the world.
Luckily, through some people who do not visit this web site or paper, there are a LOT of them who cannot wait to be noticed and THEY WILL.
Things are going to be making a major turn in the next two months and the HUGE money support and where it comes from will be nationally known.
At least we do not have to hear about Rush Limbaugh.....I thik we are rid of him and the other tyrants who worry about local issues and not the world. Thanks again and have some of your friends tune to the crap these people dote on.
Posted by Davidson, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:01 am
For the record, we had the tree pruned less than a year ago at considerable cost to us. We loved that tree. If anyone - our arborist, the City - had advised us on what more we could have done to keep the tree standing, we would have followed their instructions. Unfortunately what we learned through this experience is that Stone Pine trees have very shallow root systems, and it turns out that the very thing that makes them so beautiful - the long limbs - also make them dangerous. Unfortunately they really need to be cut back dramatically and managed as much smaller, less fabulous trees. It's a real shame that we had to learn that this way.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community, on Mar 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Pruning the tree clearly wasn't enough. Just because you spent money on it doesn't mean what happened was okay. What happened was incredibly dangerous & you clearly didn't do enough. Whatever arborist you used needs to get an earful, Davidson.