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Fwd: Heritage Redwood Tree at 318 Pope Street

From: domainremoved <Gwyn>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:34:36 -0700

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> From: Gwyn Murray <gwyn_at_(domainremoved)
> Subject: Heritage Redwood Tree at 318 Pope Street
> Date: April 9, 2017 at 10:34:25 PM PDT
> To: cjcurtin_at_(domainremoved)
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> Hello:
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> I am writing to urge the Sustainability Manager, Planning Commission and City Council of Menlo Park to DENY the appeal of the owners of 318 Pope Street to cut down the majestic redwood located on that property.
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> These are reasons that I am entreating the City to keep the tree:
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> 1. I understand that the tree has been analyzed and has been determined to be healthy by the City.
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> 2. The tree is unusually tall and sturdy — its removal would dramatically change the landscape of the Pope/Laurel Island neighborhood. I urge the City officials to come and look at the tree and imagine the views from different perspectives if the tree is removed.
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> 3. The tree is unusually tall and sturdy — and, as such, it creates a unique place for wildlife. I have seen a Golden Eagle perched atop the tree on several occasions. While we sometimes see hawks, sighting of a Golden Eagle is a rare thing around here. Eagles like to get up high to survey the surroundings, and this tree is the only one around that I think is tall enough to attract the Eagle. (Note, I also have seen this (or another?) Golden Eagle at Bayfront Park!)
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> 4. We need to be encouraging more raptors around here. We used to have more, including a family of barn owls, that kept the roof rat population under control. Likely because of rat poisoning, and destruction of habitat, the roof rat population has surged. Keeping this tree will encourage raptors to hang out in the neighborhood.
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> 5. The new owners KNEW that the tree was there when they bought the property. Should they not have considered that when designing their new McMansion?
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> 6. I understand that the new owners have told neighbors that they are “downsizing” as “empty nesters.” So why do they need a 5-bedroom, 3200 square foot McMansion? They need to come up with a more reasonable design that does not involve destroying the essential character and landscape of the neighborhood.
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> 7. We moved to this neighborhood 25 years ago BECAUSE it included a healthy tree canopy and distinct neighborhood character. If the new neighbors want to live without large trees, they should have bought in Sunnyvale.
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> Please, please keep this tree and preserve the unique character of the Willows!
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> Thank you for your consideration.
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> Best,
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> Gwyn
> 223 Laurel Avenue, Menlo Park
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> Gwyn Firth Murray
> www.mataulegal.com <http://www.mataulegal.com/>
> 650-823-5864 (mobile)
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Received on Mon Apr 10 2017 - 17:40:06 PDT

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