Heritage Oak at risk -- Urgent
Original post made by MaryAnnMP, Menlo Park: Fair Oaks, on May 14, 2011
They are laying pipeline for the Hetch Hetcy water system. For the last year, they've been clearing out brush and trees in preparation for the laying of the pipe.
This oak is of spectacular size and breadth, and provides living habitat to owls, hawks and many other birds and other forms of life in our area.
The PUC just TODAY - on Friday May 13th - left a note on all of the neighbors' doors saying that this enormous and precious tree WILL be felled - they claim that because of the roots, they cannot lay the pipe around it and so it must come down. I believe they may begin cutting this tree down as soon as MONDAY - so the situation could not be more urgent and time dependent.
I AM ASKING FOR YOUR HELP:
Is there anything that can be done VERY QUICKLY to delay/stop this action - either temporarily or permanently? Despite the fact that they own this land, there must be something that can be done to stop this.
I feel strongly that this organization is cutting down this heritage tree because they CAN - not because they MUST. Perhaps it's expensive or difficult and it's just easier for them to cut the tree down. And I feel strongly that this must be stopped. NO ONE is defending this magnificent tree - which has been there long before the PUC utility owned this land or ever laid the first pipe. There are at least 4 species of owls I have personally seen in this tree in the last 10 years and many other raptors and other precious wildlife as well - where will these animals go? Perhaps there are baby owls - right now - in that tree who will be killed when this tree is felled.
The killing of this tree is unnecessary - and it's wrong.
Please email or call me immediately - I'm putting everything in my life on hold to address this issue this weekend - Saturday and Sunday - May 14th & 15th.
Again - time is of the essence. In the past, the PUC has very quickly acted when they knew their actions were unpopular. I would not be surprised if they began cutting this tree down first thing Monday morning, May 16th. This is truly an urgent emergency for this magnificent tree and for the wild animals which call it their home.
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