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Stanford cuts down oak tree at soccer stadium

Original post made on Aug 7, 2013

Workers began removing a large oak tree at the entrance of Cagan Stadium at Stanford University on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 10:51 AM

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Slow news day? This was simple maintenance -- no reason to try to make it news. Looking for controversy?


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Posted by funny
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Looks like the Weekly is trying to stir something up with the "every tree is holy" crowd in PA.
Neighbor is correct. Stick to real news.


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Posted by stanfan
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Neighbor and Funny must not go to Stanford soccer games.
This is big news!

Cute solution to the problem of getting the whole tree into the picture.


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Posted by Irv
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Many Palo Alton's value trees more highly than homeless persons or East Palo Altons who dare to park in front of their houses.


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Posted by Mike Alexander
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Mike Alexander is a registered user.

That tree was a part of every game played on that field, blocking sightlines for fans and trajectories for balls. But it pre-dated the field by as much as 100 years. A coast live oak, it was a member of the dominant local tree species, perfectly adapted to the local soils and seasons, and a source of food and shelter to hundreds of other species. These oaks don't do well with paving, or with summer water, and are constantly under assault by human pursuits. Stanford needed permission to cut, and must plant 6 replacement trees, in recognition of the oak's important, vulnerable place in our native ecosystem.
Is one tree news? Maybe not. But telling and re-telling oak stories is key to the species' continued success. This is especially true with so many people moving here from so many places. Thanks, PA Weekly, for keeping the conversation going.


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Posted by Soccer Fan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Six trees to replace one. They'll all be planted too close together.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Seriously? Stanford wouldn't be that stupid to plant 6 Oaks in the same spot as the old Oak that was just removed.


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