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HERITAGE Oaks being cut at VA Menlo Park

From: domainremoved <Mahra>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 14:28:25 -0700

Hello Mr Bonner
I am alerting you to a msg that was circulated on “NextDoor” just this weekend about heritage oaks being removed at Menlo Park VA.

Has VA obtained permission to remove these trees?

IF not then I support the HALTING of this project. Isn’t there an alternative to removing 12 + heritage trees?
With the climate and drought affecting other trees in our area, it is shameful to cut down such highly adapted and functional trees.

Here is the msg from NEXT DOOR:

"As part of the ongoing work being done at the VA property on Willow Road in Menlo Park, they are creating a recreational area that will require additional roads and parking lots. Unfortunately, those plans including cutting down more than a dozen huge, old-growth oaks and heritage trees to do so. Happening in the next few days or so.

This is not for buildings -- it's for recreation. The property abuts Menlo Oaks and residents along Berkeley will certainly be impacted by this. The VA has not included the City of Menlo Park or the County of San Mateo in their planning decisions. Oaks are indigenous to our area, drought resistant and provide shade along with filtering particulates out of the air which is very important in a location so close to 101. Please let the VA and the City of Menlo Park know you object. Contact the MP City Council at city.council_at_(domainremoved)
650-493-5000
Linda.Thong_at_(domainremoved)

SIncerely,

Mahra Teikmanis
169 Oak Court
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Received on Sun May 29 2016 - 14:34:29 PDT

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