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Arastradero Preserve eyed for tree influx

Original post made on Jul 24, 2013

When it comes to trees, the golf course's loss may be Arastradero Preserve's gain. As Palo Alto looks for ways to mitigate the removal of 500 trees from the city-owned golf course, officials are looking to the nature preserve for a possible solution.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 10:53 PM

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Posted by Common Sense
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 24, 2013 at 12:26 am

How about helping us turn the property at Maybell into a community orchard, like Gamble Gardens only for trees? Saves around 100 EXISTING mature trees right there, a last remnant of historic orchard, trees that will otherwise be torn out, too, and creates a resource for the schools.

(PAHC may have misjudged and missed their funding application deadline anyway - the city staff report says the zoning ordinance doesn't go into effect until 31 days after the 2nd reading, which is end of July, and with a referendum, even later, but their deadline was July 3, and a basic requirement was having their zoning in place. Neighbors aren't likely to stop at the referendum, either, because the overdevelopment of that area affects children's safety.)

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Posted by PA Resident
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 24, 2013 at 8:16 am

To PA Arborist and Canopy: Please make sure that the new trees are of varieties that are least likely to cause allergies

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Posted by rebugging
a resident of Los Altos
on Jul 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

Adding evergreen oaks to Arastradero is not appropriate. The park would benefit from deciduous oaks such as Valley Oaks and Blue Oaks which are threatened and more suitable to the site.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Adding more trees to the newly reconfigured golf course will make it more challenging. Add them back.

If Arastradero Preserve were a good place for more Live Oaks, then those fence protected small trees should be doing well. They aren't.

In fact, the city just burned down a few Oaks during it's controlled burn at Arastradero Preserve.

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm

The staff and the Golf Advisory have spent much time dealing with the tree issue.

First the trees that are currently on the course were planted by the city and not all have done well. Many trees have simply died or fallen down or been blown down. Most of the trees need to be replaced with trees better suited to the area. These better suited trees will produce a better canopy then the ones slated for removal.

It should be noted that if the golf course was not there than nature would not have grown many trees. Just look north and south of the course and count the trees. It won't take many fingers and toes.

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Posted by Emily Renzel
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 25, 2013 at 6:33 am

At the meeting at the Golf Course a couple of weeks ago, several of us objected to the removal of so many trees and also questioned offsite mitigation - especially at the Enid Pearson Arastradero Preserve. No mention is made in this article about the suggestion of planting some of the lost trees in Byxbee Park, which has very few trees and will have even less if the Energy Compost facility is built.

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Posted by Timothy Gray
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jul 26, 2013 at 11:36 am

The replacement trees can be larger trees that have very large area of roots cut from the nursery site so that the trees "hit the ground running."

Developers bring in these mature trees for landscaping, so we know that the size of the replacement trees is a matter of cost. Let's build the cost into golf course redesign as a matter of honesty.

Also, replacing the trees over ten years is dishonest. Start with day one, as the organizational memory can fail, and the tree replanting can be forgotten.

Again, the cost must be budgeted and funded up front as part of the redesign. Let's stand up for the trees, like they do for us everyday.


Tim Gray 650 493-3000

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Posted by Craig Laughton
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

> No mention is made in this article about the suggestion of planting some of the lost trees in Byxbee Park, which has very few trees and will have even less if the Energy Compost facility is built.

I agree that the Arastradero Preserve should be reforested with native live is a natural restoration. The landfill (Byxbee Park) is not such a good fit, because live oaks were never a major part of that wetland. However, given the choice of an irrational anaerobic digestion fiasco, or live oaks, I vote for live oaks, at least a few of them...and especially if they are planted on the undedicated park lands.

There is no need to plant large trees from is a waste of precious public funds...just plant seedling, and keep them watered for while...they will take off, because they are native trees.

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