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Guest opinion: Showdown at Bear Gulch Road as redwoods face chainsaw

Original post made on Nov 18, 2019

Have you heard of PG&E? In their wisdom, but without much evidence to support it, they have decided that removing power wires from many-hundred-year-old trees to string onto newly placed poles increases fire safety.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, November 16, 2019, 7:52 AM

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Posted by Enuff
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 18, 2019 at 1:54 pm

What was the rationale for cutting down these 100-year-old redwoods? These are rare old-growth trees. And redwoods are the most fire resistant trees out there. They don't burn.
I thought PG&E was supposed to clear out dead trees, not destroy healthy old-growth redwoods.
Aren't these trees protected?


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Posted by Hateepa
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Nov 18, 2019 at 2:36 pm

I had a similar experience with the PGE chainsaw gangs outside my house in the coastal mtns.


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Posted by SCM Botanist
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 18, 2019 at 4:37 pm

I agree that PG&E is in a panic after decades of mismanagement. I just want to point out that 100 year-old redwoods, as wonderful as they are, are NOT "old growth". The vast majority of old growth redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains were cut down in the 1800s. Almost all of what we see is second growth, almost all post-gold rush.

"4. ANCIENT OLD-GROWTH – AND ASPIRING YOUNGSTERS
Most of the redwoods we see are about 50-150 years old. That’s equivalent to about age 2-6 in human years! Coast redwoods can grow 100 feet in their first 50 years, so they quickly look like grown-ups. So, when you walk or ride through the Santa Cruz Mountains, remember you are in a nursery of young redwoods that, if protected, can live for 2,000 years and can help rebuild a healthy redwood forest for people, wildlife and future generations."

From the Sempervirens Fund website
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Posted by Thank you PG&E!
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Nov 19, 2019 at 9:48 am

Wonderful news to hear they are trimming some of these young redwoods in order to keep us all safe from catastrophic wildfire.

SMC Sheriff Dept, please do not let a handful of kooks halt these necessary trimmings. There are more people on that mountain besides the residents of the locked private road.


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Posted by a resident
a resident of Woodside: other
on Nov 22, 2019 at 3:04 pm

Just to clarify, please note that the views expressed in the editorial above are in no way related or generally reflective of the residents living on the gated section of Bear Gulch Rd East. The protest, such as could be described, was on the ungated section of Bear Gulch Rd west of Skyline.


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