Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The Quiet War against Leucadia's Tree Canopy
Leucadia's logo is an old growth tree.
FYI to all the Leucadia faithful, some of the most influential people in Encinitas are drinking the "Leucadia's trees are at the end of their life cycle so let's cut them all down" kool-aid and spreading it around.
If you meet one of these people do not panic for they are mostly harmless. They tend to be nice people, just misinformed. It's up to all of us to set these folks straight.
The propaganda war against Leucadia's heritage tree canopy seemed to begin with the hired gun from the NCTD (who have a scorched earth policy against Leucadia).
The most common piece of twisted logic you hear is, "We have to cut down all the trees and plant new ones so in 50 years we can have a nice big tree canopy."
This makes little sense, why cut down what you already have-in order to achieve what you already have? And, in 50 years some knucklehead is just going to try and cut down ALL of those trees and the whole sick cycle begins again.
The trees ARE NOT at the end of "their life cycle". Trees are not like humans and other mammals, they don't live for 100 years and then drop dead. Trees have no set end date, trees will live on for hundreds of years if given a chance. Look for more detailed post on this all this week.
There are thousands and thousands of eucalyptus trees older and bigger than Leucadia's trees around San Diego county.
Warning, the majority of anti-tree talk is coming from NON-Leucadians. Why are non-Leucadians piping in on this?
Some of the anti-tree talk is ironically coming from people who have done good work with preservation and with our local historical society. I would rate preserving Leucadia's heritage tree canopy with preserving the Boat Houses and the La Paloma.
The tree canopy is what makes north Hwy 101 unique. We are letting the trees vanish, this means less shade for pedestrians, less ambiance for tourist and locals and a more bleak tone.
Have you walked the non-tree zones of Leucadia in the summer time? It's hot and sweaty my friends.
We need a urban tree management plan for the entire city of Encinitas. We need to protect our classic old growth trees, trim their dead branches, feed and water our trees and plant new ones so we can preserve and improve the ambiance of our hometown.
The only city council candidates for election 2008 who has made preserving our trees a major issue is Bob Nanninga and Rachelle Collier so keep that in mind.
Paul Ecke alerted me to Indiana University professor, Burney Fischer who wrote a paper titled "Street Trees -- A Misunderstood Common-Pool Resource," check it out here.