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Don't cut down the tall trees in Pioneer Cemetery

Original post made by Jim Brice, Southeast Pleasanton, on May 17, 2008

May 17, 2008

I thought the city was going to preserve and beautify the Pioneer Cemetery in Pleasanton? I live next to it on San Carlos Way, and I am shocked and saddened that work crews have spent the past few days cutting down a line of 70 foot tall eucalyptus trees on the east side of the property. I fear a majestic 80-foot-tall eucalyptus tree adjacent to my home, near the north side of the cemetery will be the next to go.

I've lived here for 19 years and know that these trees were habitat for hundreds of birds. Mockingbirds and yellow-billed magpies find a home here. The tree near my house is a rookery for at least 25 turkey vultures.

I realize that turkey vultures may not be popular birds, but I've watched this flock survive many seasons in that tree. I've seen them hunker down in violent storms and struggle to return to their roost in heavy winds.

They are superb gliders in fair weather, and are an inseparable part of the environment along the Pleasanton ridge.

Great white herons sometimes rest in this eucalyptus tree, too, along with many types of birds and small mammals.

Removing the trees along the east side of the cemetery was a shame. Their removal served no purpose. It definitely could not be called beautification. Please contact the Mayor Hosterman and the city council to make sure the remaining trees are left alone.

Thanks, James Brice

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Posted by Eileen
a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 18, 2008 at 12:12 am

Wow. Thanks for the information, and I am shocked to read of the removal of these large eucalyptus trees!! Living on the other side of town, we too have a number of these old eucalyptus in our backyards and neighboring yards, and know FULL well that they are home to the turkey vultures, the (magestic) great white heron and the (graceful) blue heron, all co-existing somehow in the same tall trees. Unless there is a deep, dehabilitating freeze which renders the tree structure unsafe, there is NO reason to cut down these majestic, useful trees! There can be periodic trimming/tidying of the peeling bark, but there is no need to chop these trees down and decimate a habitat for birds which grace our town!

What were the people thinking who ordered this tree removal? And who authorized this? Are these not considered "Heritage Trees" ?


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Posted by mike
a resident of Downtown
on May 19, 2008 at 8:44 am

eucalyptus trees = bad idea. I hate to see trees cut down but this is one tree we dont need. Huge fire danger and the bigger they are the harder they fall. Just look what happened in the oakland hills. I hope they city replaces it with a NATIVE tree


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Posted by Native Trees Only
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 19, 2008 at 9:29 am

Right on, Mike.

Eucalyptus are trash trees.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 19, 2008 at 10:15 am

The eucalyptus tree is not native to CA. It came to the US ILLEGALLY. And like "illegals", it must be dealt with properly. eucalyptus = illegal weed.

It is simply a fire waiting to happen. The birds will have to relocate to the bad side of town.


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Posted by illegal immigrants, again?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 19, 2008 at 10:17 am

Sorry, had to throw that one in, after Native Trees Only (illegal trees need not apply). Yes, the eucalyptus tree is invasive, fire-fuel and non-native, and we should be weeding them out in favor of native trees. Could this thinning of the species be done in stages, however, so that the bird and other animals who have called the trees their home for many years are not suddenly left homeless, with all their nests crashed to the ground? This is nesting time for many birds... spring, you know. Will native trees be planted in their stead; has the city budgeted for that or just for the slash and trash?

Here's an article which seems to provide a lot of good information and a balanced view of the threat (and some benefit) of the eucalyptus:

Web Link


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 19, 2008 at 10:36 am

Why not adopt a bird? Plutonians can plant native trees on their property and welcome birds that way! Great idea Cholo...HOORAY!

It makes sense to stage the genocide of eucalyptus in Plutonia; it is nesting time.

Good article! Thx...


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 20, 2008 at 11:40 am

looks like we need to plant some more ICE PLANT tee hee hee


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Posted by More ICE cream
a resident of Birdland
on May 20, 2008 at 11:54 am


Maybe our Mayor will rescue the homeless turkey vultures.



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Posted by JAY DEE
a resident of Laguna Vista
on Jul 17, 2008 at 12:11 pm

I have a 60 foot Euc. tree 5 feet from my house. It keeps pushing my deck and wall as it grows. Tree huggers will not let me remove it. Fire Dept. said if it dies I can have it removed. Anyone out there know how to kill this hazard...???


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 18, 2008 at 2:07 am

If the tree is that close to your house and could potentially cause damage, why don't you send a letter to the city requesting they appraise the situtation. Have them provide written documentation why you can't remove the tree. If damage does occur later, you'll have documentation that you weren't allowed to take preventative action. You, or your insurance company, will then be in a position to take what ever action is necessary.

Also send a copy of your letter and the documentation from the city to your insurance agent. No one should be allowed to prevent you from protecting your property. Except in a potential fire danger situtation, when did the Fire Department gain the authority to determine if a tree on private property could be removed??


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