Last night I noticed while out strolling through Menlo Park, yet one more tree slated for its own execution by one of those warning banners that folks put on trees. And I was saddened to see this.
This giant 80-ft tall redwood tree, a heritage tree and leftover patriarch from days of when redwoods towered freely in this region now known as Menlo Park, is slated for removal, because of “Property Damage, Potentially Hazardous,” as the removal notice declares.
Though it’s more an art than a science, some estimates say that an 80-foot tall redwood could be over 100 years old, depending on the bottom width + height, etc.. Other estimates seem pretty crazy… but for me, I’m not the expert but I’ll just say it seems to have been here for a very long time.
I’ve lived near this tree for several years and never heard one word from any of the residents who lived there, about any tree issues. Then again the new owner is now charging $4k a month for units that rented out for $1800 a month. So this is part of their clean sweep of the property.
Hence I’m not totally surprised by this, but it is a very sad day indeed to see that this beautiful landmark on Menlo Ave which is just down the block from Draeger’s (That you can see in the background of the above photo), is going to be going away soon.
I don’t get the point of marking a tree as a “Heritage Tree,” because it seems so many folks just get the right permits and smite them from existence any way. It seems to be more of a label than a protective state sometimes.
And if you walk around enough, you know there are plenty more trees of this size around the neighborhood like this one. Off the top of my head, just down University around the corner from Draeger’s, just in front of a small house on Florence Ln., and other such places, where these trees don’t seem to be doing any more damage than this huge beauty.
Last year someone else had a huge heritage tree uprooted down on University so they could rebuild their house.
Well, it’s not for me to argue, nor to try and fight, seeing as how if I wanted to contest this, I’d have to pay $150 to submit the paperwork to contest the removal of the redwood giant beautiful piece of art from nature. It sure did mark a unique spot in my world, to say, “Wow, Menlo Park is so awesome that you even have these huge, 80-foot redwoods, out in front of apartment buildings.”
I won’t be able to say that in a few weeks time. Sigh.