Sunday, November 21, 2010

More Trees Get the Chop


A set of trees along Gardenview, near Leucadia Blvd. are tagged for elimination.

The city writes:
12 London Plane Trees (Platanus acerifolia) Reason for Removal: the trees are frequently infested with  several common diseases and pests of Platanus including Sycamore Anthracnose, Powdery Mildew, Sycamore Scale, and Sycamore Leaf Mites.   The trees continue to significantly decline.  Location: the west side Gardenview Road, between Via Cantebria and Leucadia Blvd.   

A local arborist responds:
The reasons cited in the removal list hardly seem sufficient as that species is noted to have the "problems" cited in the list. Those so called problems rarely lead to a significant decline in tree vigor. It is another case of [the city] not really knowing what to do with the tree population.

Note: Most of those tagged trees hardly look like they are dead, almost dead, or certain to die or certain to have faults.

Read more about the city's tree management contract here and here.

15 comments:

  1. Yes, the arborist is right. These should not be fatal conditions and have treatment remedies. The city crew obviously has only one resolution to any perceived "problem" - the chainsaw. Hire an outside expert to make treatment recommendations or call the County UC Extension Specialist - they are "free", paid by the taxpayers' money.

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  2. I have a guava tree that was infested with some awful looking alien fungi. I was told it needed to be cut down. I did nothing. This year It produced many tasty guavas and looks absolutely fine.

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  3. If a tree gets the flu, cut it down!

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  4. There must be a quota in the city for cutting down trees. Those trees have done very well on Gardenview. Of course they wait till fall when the leaves die naturally to post signs on them.

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  5. Don't forget the taxpayer pays double. Once for cutting down and twice for replanting.

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  6. 7:08,

    And a third time for the tree-killer's pension.

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  7. Tell the city council to obtain an educated opinion of the options for those trees - not Mr. Chop Chop's. Sounds like it is a "make-busy" deal - keep those crews working!
    Maybe Dalager can tell everyone about the benefits of getting a publically funded pension, even with a scandal-ridden term in office! How sweet it is!

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  8. Every tree in a view corridor should be cut down. Keep our views.

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  9. Staff divides up funds each year for such things as road repairs, sidewalk repairs, tree trimming and such. They don't care how or where the money is spent, so long as it is spent. Hopefully on one of their pet projects and by one of their friendly contractors.

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  10. Views of a treeless city. Yuck! your a low life.

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  11. What are Teresa and Maggie doing to stop the trees from being cut down? I hope their not playing both sides.

    SPEAK UP LADIES!

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  12. Teresa Barth,

    You said you would protect our trees - what are you doing to stop this madness?

    I voted for you - do your job!

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  13. 832,

    How can one council member, or even two "stop the madness"?

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  14. Put Dalager out there with some branches made out of shredded loan documents - he has nothing better to do and is dumber than a log!

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  15. 832 - R U saying that they should not make a stance and just give in to the others?

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