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RE: Ivy Attacking Trees Along Woodland Ave.

From: Quirion, Jesse T <"Quirion,>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:38:25 -0700

Jim,

Thank you for reaching out. We are going to contact the San Francisquito Creek JPA to determine what type of plans they have in place, we will also contact Acterra to see if they are able to help us with any volunteer programs and we are reviewing the possibility of utilize the Sherriff’s work program for additional labor assistance. We will keep you posted.

Jesse T. Quirion
Director of Public Works
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)park.org<mailto:jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
P: 650-330-6744

From: Jim Wiley [mailto:jim.wiley_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2015 1:05 PM
To: Quirion, Jesse T
Cc: Niño, Ruben R; _CCIN
Subject: Ivy Attacking Trees Along Woodland Ave.

Dear Jesse,

Along Woodland Avenue adjacent to San Francisquito Creek, invasive Algerian and German Ivy is attacking our native oak and bay trees. Unchecked, this ivy will eventually kill some of these magnificent natives that we value so much.

In some areas, private property owners have done a great job of keeping the ivy trimmed off the oaks, but in other areas, the huge old native oaks are being endangered by ivy growing into their canopies.

Last year, a huge branch and a big part of the trunk of an stately old oak tree located across from 1285 Woodland broke off and fell into the creek. This was caused in part by the extremely heavy accumulation of Algerian Ivy that had accumulated in the canopy. While the creek channel was cleared, nothing has been done yet to address the ivy that is still accumulating in the canopy.
All of us that love the native oak and bay trees along the creek would appreciate the City assisting in maintaining the health of these beloved roadside and creekside oaks by periodically removing excessive ivy accumulations.
Our Council may wish direct you to partner with Acterra to address this and other invasive roadside/creekside problems on an ongoing basis. Menlo-Atherton students and Menlo Park citizens along with other Acterra volunteers, with support from the City of Palo Alto, are slowly totally transforming the Palo Alto Avenue side of the creek by removing invasive plants and establishing natives. The City of Menlo Park should do the same along the Woodland Avenue side. Please let me know if you would like to meet with me or representatives of Acterra to explore this issue and opportunity further.
With old oak tree as our city logo, lets take care that the beautiful oaks we have!

Warm regards,
- Jim Wiley

References:

http://www.acterra.org/

"Ivy vines form dense carpets of vegetation that can cover native vegetation as well as open soil. This dense groundcover can deprive native plants of light and nutrients and reduce germination of the native seedbank. Evenually even large trees can be killed by ivy climbing into their canopies." www.cal-ipc.org/ip/management/wwh/pdf/19629.pdf<http://www.cal-ipc.org/ip/management/wwh/pdf/19629.pdf>

Photos showing examples of the dense infestations of Algerian and German Ivy along Woodland Avenue are enclosed.

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Received on Mon Mar 23 2015 - 13:34:10 PDT

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