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Re: New policy needed for trimming trees along the creek?

From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:00:43 -0800

Bryan,

Thanks for your reply. And thanks for instructing your tree contractor not
to trim only on the street side, as they were doing this morning.

- Jim

On Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 2:40 PM, Henry, Brian P <bphenry_at_(domainremoved)
wrote:

> Hi Jim,
>
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> Thank you for your concern regarding the trees on Woodland Ave. As you
> may know, the City has completed significant work to clear down trees and
> overgrown vegetation in the creek to prepare for storm season. In
> continuing this effort, routine maintenance tree pruning is being
> performed on street trees within the right of way on Woodland Ave. This
> pruning is being done in accordance with ISA Standards and includes
> structural pruning, crown raising and crown cleaning.
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> Maintenance pruning is occurring on the backside (creek side) of the
> trees in addition to raising for vehicular clearance over the street. In
> some cases, the trees are located on a slope, so raising the canopy to a
> consistent height around the entire tree (i.e. matching the clearance
> pruning of the street side to the canopy on the creek side.) could result
> in negative outcomes. It would exceed the ISA standard of removing no
> more than 25% of the live crown during one growing season, which
> predisposes the tree to opportunistic pest and diseases, dieback, limb,
> root and whole tree failure.
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> Trees provide many storm water control benefits and we are working to
> maintain a healthy, riparian forest along the creek. I am available to
> meet with you on site to further discuss your concerns or address any
> additional tree issues.
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> Thanks, Brian
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> Brian Henry
>
> Superintendent
>
> Dept of Public Works
>
> City of Menlo Park
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> *From:* councilmember.keith_at_(domainremoved)
> councilmember.keith_at_(domainremoved)
> *Sent:* Monday, November 23, 2015 11:15 AM
> *To:* Jim Wiley
> *Cc:* Bonner, Christian R; Taylor, Charles W; Fernando Bravo; Stillman,
> Ann; Henry, Brian P; Carlton, M.Catherine; David Pine; Kevin Murray;
> McIntyre, Alex D; _CCIN; Len Materman
> *Subject:* Re: New policy needed for trimming trees along the creek?
>
>
>
> Hi Jim,
>
>
>
> Thank you for your email. Brian, I would appreciate your response to the
> concerns raised by Jim. Thank you.
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> On Monday, November 23, 2015, Jim Wiley <jim.wiley_at_(domainremoved)
>
> Kirsten,
>
> As San Francisquito Creek JPA Board Chair, you are very aware of all
> the efforts being taken to minimize the risk of flooding this winter.
>
> Today, the City of Menlo Park is engaged in trimming the trees along
> the creek in such a manor that it increases the chances for flooding.
> In specific, they are trimming creekside tree branches over Woodland
> Ave. without trimming any weight off the creek side of the tree. When
> the street side of these trees are repeatedly trimmed and never the
> creek side, the trees becomes unbalanced and when the soil becomes
> saturated, eventually fall into the creek. As you are aware, trees
> falling into the creek is a major problem during flooding events.
>
> Please implement a policy that any trimming of trees between a street
> and the creek be done in a manor that keeps the trees in balance so
> that they will not fall into the creek.
>
> Warm regards,
>
> - Jim Wiley
>
>
Received on Mon Nov 23 2015 - 17:03:38 PST

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