Friday, June 25, 2010
WCA On the Job
West Coast Arborists were out on Leucadia Blvd. Last year they gave the pine trees a buzz cut in the same location. This time they were amputating oak trees. Fortunately, plants are modular organisms and will continue to grow. But they will be without a substantial portion of their canopy. It appears that they had removed 25-40% of the canopies (see video).
The tree trimmers were out without their field manager and told me they were there cutting the trees for the health of the tree and safety. These trees are only about 8-10 feet tall and having worked in and around California oak woodlands for a decade, I'm comfortable saying that their pruning was not necessary to ensure these tree's health.
Encinitas arborists have also been critical of the chain-saw happy West Coast Arborists.
The council was told that city employees inspect all of WCA's work. Turns out there is no written record of the findings of those inspections.
See Also: Love Affair with WCA Continues