Don't cut down the tall trees in Pioneer Cemetery
Original post made by Jim Brice on 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
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" ?
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
on May 19, 2008 at 9:29 am
Right on, Mike.
Eucalyptus are trash trees.