Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Non-profit 'shocked' at tree removal undertaken contrary to plans worked out with city officials; Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto Online : Canopy 'shocked' at Cal Ave tree removal:
Canopy 'shocked' at Cal Ave tree removal
Head of nonprofit tree-stewardship group says communication was poor
by Sue Dremann
Palo Alto Online Staff

Palo Alto's tree stewards, Canopy, the nonprofit that has worked to maintain and expand the city's urban forest by planting thousands of trees, said they were stunned by the cutting down of 50 mature trees on California Avenue this week.

The 50-year-old holly oaks were to be replaced over time, not all at once, according to Catherine Martineau, the organization's executive director.

'I have vintage photos of California Avenue when it was built, and we are back there,' she said of the treeless avenue.

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