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    MROSD Saving Oak Trees By Chopping Down Bay Trees

    If you should see MROSD chopping down Bay Laurel trees, here's why...

    Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer, Thursday, July 14, 2011

    Workers began chopping down 250 California bay laurels this week in the Santa Cruz Mountains so that 49 signature oak trees might be saved from the infectious scourge known as sudden oak death.

    The tree-removal project is an attempt by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to prevent the spread of the tree-killing pathogen, which uses bay trees to scatter spores in the forest.

    The project, which will cost an estimated $32,000, will remove the source of the spores that are attacking the majestic canyon live oaks in six Peninsula preserves.

    "The research showed that bay trees are responsible for the spreading of the disease," said biologist Cindy Roessler, the open space district's senior resource management specialist. "If you have a bay tree within 15 feet of an oak tree, that oak tree has a much higher chance of getting the disease."

    Between now and July 28, the district plans to cut down bay trees surrounding oaks in the Los Trancos, Russian Ridge, Skyline Ridge, Monte Bello, Saratoga Gap and Long Ridge open space preserves, which are mostly adjacent to Skyline Boulevard between Saratoga and Woodside.

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    a certain irony...

    Boy I hope the biologists have this right...what if those oaks die anyway???

    The SFGate article mentions that the "sudden oak death" primarily attacks "tan oaks"---I wonder if they're aware that tan oaks aren't true oaks? (same family; different genus)

    No matter, it attacks "real" oak trees also...

    The irony is that while MROSD is going to some lengths to save 49 oaks trees; the County of Monterey is poised to remove up to 100,000 from the former Fort Ord army base in the name of development. They just approved the removal of 3,400 oaks to make way for a bus parking lot.

    Reminds me of a certain Joni Mitchell song...
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