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Eucalyptus Tree Removal May Begin Friday

The 23 eucalyptus trees that surround Burton Park are slated to start coming down this week, or early next week.

Following a unanimous vote by the Monday night, the 23 eucalyptus trees near Burton Park that have been deemed unsafe, will be removed, starting as early as today according to , director of Parks and Recreation. 

Barricades have been set up in the area along Cedar, Arroyo and Chestnut streets warning residents and visitors not to park there while the tree removal is being conducted.

The removal of the trees comes after a months-long process by the city, in which two community meetings were held and input was received on the selection of replacement trees. Earlier this year a certified arborist examined the trees and determined them to be unsafe. In fact, branches from one of the trees designated for removal, . No one was injured, but the car was severely damaged. 

"How extraordinary the tree should choose this time to come down," said San Carlos resident Brian Randall during pubic comment segment of the meeting.

Some residents are concerned with the removal of the trees and the effect it will have on the city's cultural landscape. suggested that a portion of one of the trees be preserved in the city's history museum.

By doing so, Grocott said the city would be, "Saving something in recognition of the historic nature of the trees."

The city is asking residents to be prepared for traffic delays and use caution in the area surrounding Burton Park.

A letter sent out to residents in the area by the Parks and Recreation Department, explained that following the removal, new irrigation will be installed and tree replacement will begin. The variety of new trees includes: London Plane, Ginkgo, Hackberry, Scarlet Oak, Autumn Blaze, Rebud, Chinese Fringe, Amur and Three Flower Maple. 

 

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Marc Parent August 31, 2012 at 03:06 PM
The city should also evaluate the trees on San Carlos Ave. These trees are non native with shallow root systems and are prone to falling in high wind. If I were living on Carmelita with a tree like this behind my home, I would be concerened for the safety of my family. A few years ago a Eucalyptus tree fell over on the corner of San Carlos Ave and Cordilleras barely missing the homes there. I think these trees are on city property and are a big liability for the city with the home values on Carmelita being very expensive and children sleeping in these homes in upstairs bedrooms. I hate that this will be an expensive undertaking, but sooner or later these trees will fall over,.
FRANK FLORES August 31, 2012 at 10:27 PM
FRANK FLORES 10 SPRING VALLEY WAY SAN CARLOS CA. TALK ABOUT A SAFETY ISSUE AND MAJOR LIABILITY PROBLEM WITH EUCALYPTUS ON MY STREET. I'VE HAD EUCALYPTUS BRANCHES AND TREE COME DOWN ON MY HOME BEFORE WITH MAJOR DAMAGE TO MY HOME. THANK GOD MY FAMILY WAS NOT INJURED. TAKE A LOOK CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND YOU TELL ME IF YOU WOULD GET A GOOD NITE SLEEP WITH YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS LIVING UNDER THE MONSTER EUCALYPTUS ON MY STREET.
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) September 01, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Hi Marc....there was some discussion at Monday's city council meeting about other potentially dangerous trees on city property. SC Patch will follow up to see what other areas are on this list for evaluation. Stay tuned.
Angela September 02, 2012 at 04:45 PM
It is wonderful that they are replanted trees but what about more oak trees or redwood trees? I would also like to see some of the space dedicated to fruit trees that residents can use. That would be green and they smell fantastic!

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