Archive for December, 2010

The Folks in Arcadia need our help

Post note:  Unfortunately the felling of oaks and sycamores began in the early morning of Wed. Jan 12, 2011 as scheduled by LADPW.


The Arcadia Oak Woodlands is an incredibly beautiful, biodiverse and irreplaceable patch of ancient coast live oak, California bay laurel, California sycamore trees and toyons. Imagine it all… gone, with a 30 food dirt plateau in its place.



There is a growing interest in saving the woodland.  There is great need to protect old oaks and extend trails and a wildlife corridor along the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The folks in Arcadia gave us some guidance early on with our situation.  Now it’s our turn to help them in their drive to save the trees.

For more info click here:  Action Needed to Save Sycamore Oak Woodland in Arcadia


You can send an e-mail to:
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich
Or use the form at:
Or write an old-fashioned letter to:
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich
215 N. Marengo Ave., Suite 120
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 356-5407

Over 40 trees planted in Jeffrey Fontana Park

On December 11th, the tree planting in the Jeffrey Fontana Park in South San Jose, was very successful. There were about 50 people participating from all over the valley (Cupertino to South San Jose) and all 40 or more CA Native trees were successfully planted.  (See the story in the Almaden Times Weekly)

Dave Poeschel

We all owe a debt of gratitude to David Poeschel  for organizing Phase I of his planting scheme and to Our City Forest for providing the support necessary to get the job done! Dave made our work so much easier by having a power auger pre-dig the holes and we thank you for that Dave! All trees were planted in a couple of hours. These trees will provide a ‘foundation’ for the beautification of the East-end of Fontana Park. Thanks again to all that helped and especially to the MFPA members who braved the cool morning to assist in the plantings.

Please note that you can click on any photo for a larger version.


Future Tree Amigios

More great photos by Tung Tran of the Dec 11th planting

Jeffrey Fontana Park Trail and Native Plant Restoration, Dec 11 @ 9 am


Dave Poeschel, a member of our Martin-Fontana Parks Association and part of the Park Planning and Improvement Committee, has developed a three stage plan for planting trees and native vegetation in the barren areas of our parks.  The first stage will take place on Dec. 11 with the help of volunteers from Our City Forest. Dave has been working several months with the water district on the plan. We will be planting 40 native oak and buckeye trees, mostly small seedlings from the Guadalupe watershed. Some of the trees will be going in near the kid’s playground area.

Area near playground

Most will go in the “wasteland” between the pedestrian footbridge over Golf Creek and Almaden Expressway.  

Tree planting area

East end after bridge

Our City Forest will pre-drill the holes and supply the trees. We will need volunteers to help widen the holes and place the trees.

Folks interested in volunteering should meet near McAbee Road and Golden Oak Way at 9 am.   Refreshments will be provided.  We are excited to get started on our vegetation projects.  Our Martin-Fontana Parks Association will be in charge of funding and finding the volunteers for the December project.

Go to this link for the complete plan.  You’ll find plenty of pictures of the areas to be restored and several drawings showing where the trees and plants are to be placed.  Contact Dave Poeschel at for further information.