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Fwd: Aluminum tree tags on Santa Cruz Avenue

From: domainremoved <Betsy>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:52:11 -0700

Thank you. I received this very helpful response from Christian Bonner.


> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: "Bonner, Christian R" <crbonner_at_(domainremoved)
> Subject: FW: Aluminum tree tags on Santa Cruz Avenue
> Date: August 3, 2015 at 4:29:04 PM PDT
> To: Betsy Nash
> Cc: "Nagaya, Nicole H" <nhnagaya_at_(domainremoved)
>
> Betsy,
> It appears the tree tags are related to a Santa Cruz sidewalk project and there was a miscommunication. I am forwarding you the email below, which includes information about the survey of the trees. For information regarding this project, you can contact Transportation Manager, Nicole Nagaya, who is copied on this message.
>
>
> Regards,
> Christian Bonner, City Arborist
> City of Menlo Park
> 650-330-6793
>
> From: Zimmermann, Michael J
> Sent: Monday, August 03, 2015 3:21 PM
> To: Quirion, Jesse T
> Cc: Bonner, Christian R; Nagaya, Nicole H
> Subject: RE: Aluminum tree tags on Santa Cruz Avenue
>
> Jesse,
>
> As part of BKF’s design work on the Santa Cruz Sidewalk project we asked for an Arborist Report to help better understand potential impacts to trees from the proposed improvements. The report provides the following information:
>
> · An assessment of the trees potentially impacted by the project.
> · An assessment of the impacts of constructing the proposed project on the trees.
> · Recommendations for action.
> · Guidelines for tree preservation during design, construction and maintenance phases of development.
>
> Trees were surveyed on June 9, 2015. All trees 6” or greater in diameter and within 20’ of the edge of existing pavement along Santa Cruz Avenue. In total 162 trees were assessed representing 32 species. The survey procedure consisted of the following steps:
>
> 1. Identifying the tree as to species.
> 2. Tagging each tree with an identifying number and recording its location on a map.
> 3. Measuring the trunk diameter at a point 54” above grade.
> 4. Evaluating the health and structural condition using a scale of 1-5.
> 5. Rating the suitability for preservation as “high” or “low”. Suitability for preservation considers health, age, and structural condition of the tree, and its potential to remain an asset to the site for years to come.
>
>
>
> From: Quirion, Jesse T
> Sent: Monday, August 03, 2015 2:51 PM
> To: Zimmermann, Michael J
> Subject: FW: Aluminum tree tags on Santa Cruz Avenue
> Importance: High
>
> Michael- please contact BKF and see if they or their subconsultants (surveyors) have any knowledge of this.
>
> -Jesse Q.
>
> From: Betsy Nash [mailto:nash94025_at_(domainremoved)
> Sent: Monday, August 03, 2015 2:25 PM
> To: _CCIN; McIntyre, Alex D
> Subject: Aluminum tree tags on Santa Cruz Avenue
>
> Dear City Manager McIntyre and City Council,
>
> Many trees along Santa Cruz Avenue were recently tagged with aluminum tree tags. The City Arborist and the Director of Public Works are not aware of any tree surveys in this area (emails below). The tagging begins at University Avenue (trees in Fremont Park and the trees at the Coldwell Banker real estate office across from the park) and extends down Santa Cruz Avenue towards Hillview Middle School. We find it odd not to be able to learn what’s up here – why trees are being tagged, and how they are selected. We note that not all the tagged trees are on public property, and not all trees in the public right of way are tagged. Any suggestions on how to get to the bottom of the mystery?
>
> Thank you,
> Betsy and Horace Nash
>
>
>
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> From: "Bonner, Christian R" <crbonner_at_(domainremoved)
> Subject: RE: Aluminum tree tags on Santa Cruz Avenue
> Date: August 3, 2015 at 7:21:59 AM PDT
>
> Hi Betsy,
> I contacted the Director of Public Works and he is not aware of any current project that has included a tree survey in this area.
>
>
> Regards,
> Christian Bonner, City Arborist
> City of Menlo Park
> 650-330-6793
>
> From: Betsy Nash
> Sent: Friday, July 31, 2015 3:46 PM
> To: Bonner, Christian R
> Cc: Horace Nash
> Subject: Re: Aluminum tree tags on Santa Cruz Avenue
>
> Hi Christian,
> Have you been able to find out any information about the aluminum tree tags on Santa Cruz Avenue?
> Thanks,
> Betsy
>
>
>
> On Jul 22, 2015, at 1:18 PM, Bonner, Christian R <crbonner_at_(domainremoved)
>
> Thank you Betsy,
> I will see if I can find additional information regarding these tags.
>
>
> Regards,
> Christian Bonner, City Arborist
> City of Menlo Park
> 650-330-6793
>
> From: Betsy Nash
> Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 1:13 PM
> To: Bonner, Christian R
> Subject: Re: Aluminum tree tags on Santa Cruz Avenue
>
> Hi Christian,
> A few places where there are tagged trees:
> 1224 Santa Cruz Avenue
> 1100 San Mateo Drive on the SCA side of the property
> 1075 Windsor Drive on the SCA side of the property
> Fremont Park along Santa Cruz Avenue.
> Here is a photo of one of the tags.
> Thank you,
> Betsy
> <image001.jpg>
>
> On Jul 22, 2015, at 7:52 AM, Bonner, Christian R <crbonner_at_(domainremoved)
>
> Betsy,
> Aluminum tags are often used in a tree inventory. The City has a GPS inventory of all street trees and therefore does not use tree tags. These may be part of an inventory that a private property owner from an adjacent property is doing. Do you have an address where you noticed the tags?
>
>
> Regards,
> Christian Bonner, City Arborist
> City of Menlo Park
> 650-330-6793
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Betsy Nash
> Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:24 PM
> To: Bonner, Christian R
> Subject: Aluminum tree tags on Santa Cruz Avenue
>
> Hello,
> Recently many of the trees on Santa Cruz Avenue were tagged with aluminum numbers. Why are some trees tagged and not others? What is the purpose of the tagging?
> Thank you,
> Betsy Nash
Received on Tue Aug 04 2015 - 10:50:30 PDT

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