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Heritage Trees Outside Santa Cruz Library Slated for Removal
by phone tree
Monday Aug 22nd, 2011 2:55 PM
The City of Santa Cruz wants to remove these beautiful "liquid amber" heritage trees. Unless someone steps up and pays $50 to file an appeal by 5:00pm today, the trees will be cut down. The "public notice" is a little sign next to the library, and today's the deadline! Maybe phone calls will help. Or we could chain ourselves to the trees on "demolition day!"

Call City Hall at 831-420-5020, and call the Park and Recreation Department at 831-420-5270.

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by Sam
Monday Aug 22nd, 2011 6:18 PM
This post lacks information from which to make an informed decision. Why are they being removed? Are they being replaced in situ or elsewhere or not at all? Was there a public process prior to the notices being placed on the trees? Is there anything more to this than someone walking by, reading the notice on the tree and posting the above on the internet?
by Sum Dim
Monday Aug 22nd, 2011 7:45 PM
I grew up in Santa Cruz, as did my paw, and his paw before that. As far back as I can recall, those three hippie-ass trees have pissed me off. I'm glad to have lived to see the day when someone finally mustered up the balls to say, "Fuck you, you fucking trees. Die! Die already!"
by Sam
Monday Aug 22nd, 2011 10:34 PM
Interestingly it is a non-native ornamental, which is usually the case with street trees:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquidambar_styraciflua

If they do take them out for whatever reasons( disease, root penetration, construction), they could and should be replaced with native trees. But, it is hard to chain yourself to a non-native tree and demand it be cut and then replaced with a native, given the procedural challenges of staying angry, involved and chained-up during the replanting.
by Likes trees
Wednesday Aug 24th, 2011 12:24 AM
Although beautiful, these are not great trees for the location. The roots lift and crack the sidewalks and curb, and the trees drop round, spiky balls that present a tripping hazard to the unwary.