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Did negligence kill heritage trees?

Original post made on Feb 18, 2009

Two spindly redwood trees peek out over a row of street trees that stretches to the horizon along El Camino Real, fronting on the property of the abandoned Cadillac dealership. After a long period of neglect, arborists say that one or both of the trees might be going the way of the dealership. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 10:19 PM

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Posted by why?
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 18, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I'm curious as to why did the city arborist's department fail to followup on the trees' condition or for that matter did not originally take action on it's own in the first place. The excuse given of budget and staff restraints is pretty lame - considering the city signed off on McClenahan's recommended course of treatment three years ago. It's not like the trees are invisible - they are right out front on the busiest street in the city.

The only reason any "action" has been taken this month by Sand Hill or the city is because Sean contacted them re the Almanac story.

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Posted by Big Al
a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Did neglect kill the tree?
If so, the blame is on you and me?
If you care so much about living things,
why do you shut the door when your child sings?

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Posted by Odette
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:20 am

Big Al: Thanks for the doggerel. I think all Town Square postings should be done in verse from now on. It elevates the tone of the discussion.
Bonus points for limmericks.

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Posted by stop global warming
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 2, 2009 at 9:09 pm

If there were some way that the trees could have been in an environment where not so much maintenance was required they would have had a better chance. For example, all that concrete must have been hard on the roots. Maybe if the concrete had gaps in it, or some other material was used that let moisture down to the roots the trees could have taken advantage of the normal rains we have. Then even if a business was in distress and some of the tree care fell by the wayside, the trees might be able to make it on their own for a longer period.

That might be something the City could advise businesses or residents to do, to try to limit the amount of concrete near the tree roots, to help avoid future cases like this.

I think, though, that we can expect to lose trees sometimes in these sorts of circumstances.

So if we want to have trees to help moderate climate change, then for the large trees we have which are in good health, we should make sure that we only remove them if there is a very good reason.

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