Here are some photos I took this evening of the threatened tree, along with a photo of the removal notice affixed to it, and a photo of another related notice affixed to a nearby light pole. One of the notices lists two check-marked boxes citing the reasons for cutting down the tree as "History of large limb failure" and "Significant amount of sidewalk damage".
According to the other notice, the tree is a "ceratonia siliqua" (aka carob tree), which according to Wikipedia has "sturdy branches" and "deep root systems (which) can adapt to a wide variety of soil conditions and are fairly salt-tolerant" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceratonia_siliqua ). [Interesting trivia -- the edible carob seeds produced by this tree, which is native to the Mediterranean region, are the origins of the word "carat" as in "24 carat gold", because in ancient times the seeds were used as a measurement to weigh precious metals and gemstones.]
In any case, this individual is a large, beautiful tree which it would be a real shame to kill just because the DPW doesn't want the trouble of maintaining the sidewalks around it, or claims a limb could fall off at some point (I didn't see any evidence of this having happened, though admittedly I didn't look hard and could have missed it.)
The number listed on the notice for the Bureau of Urban Forestry is (415) 641-2676. I hope you will call and tell them to save this lovely tree! You might also call District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener at (415) 554-6968 (or email him at Scott.Wiener@... ).
((( starchild )))
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