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TREES IN PERIL ACROSS STATE

Saving water during drought yields unintended consequence

By Lisa M. Krieger

lkrieger@mercurynews.com

The rush to save water is claiming legions of unintended casualties — California’s trees.

Specimens that have stood tall and strong for decades are stressed and dying because of the drought, as Californians turn off spigots to comply with Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandatory conservation measures.

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HOW TO SAVE YOUR TREES

Clear grass to at least 6 inches from the trunk’s base. Some arborists suggest clearing it to the tree’s drip line.Cover the area with wood chips or other mulch to help maintain soil moisture, being careful not to let mulch touch the trunk.If the tree is younger than 5 years old, it needs 10 to 15 gallons of water per week during the growing season. Water established trees once a month, applying 10 gallons for each inch of the trunk’s diameter. Established oaks should be watered only during the Bay Area’s normal rainy season when there’s no precipitation.Water trees slowly, using a soaker hose or drip system. Continue watering a tree until the soil from beneath the canopy to slightly outside the drip line is moist 12 to 18 inches below the surface.

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Martin-Fontana Parks Association sponsors Tree Trimming

Martin-Fontana Parks Association  (MFPA ) annually shares the cost with  the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) by using the City contractor to trim our trees.  On Tuesday the 24th, ten trees were trimmed to provide a much larger safety margin to PG&E high voltage lines.  Thus increasing the odds their removal will not be required by PG&E.  Besides the trimming, two dead or dying trees were removed.

 

2015 Tree Trimming to Begin Soon

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Our evaluation team consisting of Pier Maggiani and Patrick Pizzo, have walked the park and marked all the trees that need to be trimmed, or removed because they are dead or diseased. Martin-Fontana Parks Association  (MFPA ) annually shares the cost with  the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) by using the City contractor to work on our trees. Soon tree crews will be at work to complete the trimming/removal for this winter. Trees will be evaluated again after nesting season is completed.

Stressed Trees

Pier and Patrick have also identified 43 trees as severely stressed by our last three years of drought. MFPA has contracted to pay Our City Forest (OCF) $15 per tree for mulching services. OCF will clear the area around each tree and heavily mulch the tree in an effort to capture and retain as much water as possible. This will be completed in February.

PG&E Action for 2015: No trees will be taken.

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In early January, PG&E’s contractor took measurements of tree and wire heights in their annual evaluation process. Last week we learned that no trees are listed for removal this year. This is our second year of tree trimming, and the second year they have not discussed tree removal. Our negotiations team will meet with Greg Saenz of PG&E on Feb. 4th to discuss Martin-Fontana Parks Association’s project plans for 2015.

Note:  We have one opening on the Negotiation Team for 2015. It only requires 6-10 hours of work from Nov. to Jan. each year. If you are interested in making a difference in your parks please email Linda Wilson @ ronald_m@comcast.net for more information.

LAST DAY to take the Guadalupe Oak Grove Park survey is Dec 31, 2014

The GOGP Survey has an end-date of December 31, 2014. If you have not completed the survey, please do so. We would greatly appreciate it.

GOGP Walkthru

Our walkabouts have been completed. If however, you have a group of 8 or more people who would like a tour to access the park condition, please contact Patrick Pizzo at the following e-mail address:

patrick.pizzo@sjsu.edu

We will try to accommodate your need.

There has been some confusion about how to access the survey. You can get to the survey via the following links:

https://saveourparktrees.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/gathering-input-on-the-use-and-future-of/ or
http://survey.birdsfly.info/

Once you are there, click on the underscored and bolded word ‘survey‘ near the bottom of the page.

Thank you for participating. Patrick P. Pizzo

P.S. The results of the survey will be posted on the Martin-Fontana Park Association (MFPA) web page.

Note: To be sure you don’t miss the posting of the results, you can add your email address to the box on the right side of the home page and you will be notified of any new post by email.

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A Meeting with Mayoral Candidates Sam Liccardo & Dave Cortese

Last summer Martin-Fontana Parks Association invited both mayoral candidates to attend a Board meeting and discuss park issues with us. Councilman Liccardo responded and will be at the Villas Clubhouse at 2:00 PM on Wed. Oct. 15. We received no response from Supervisor Cortese’s campaign.
When: 2-2:45 PM, Wednesday Oct. 15
Where: The Villas at 5883 Meridian Ave.  At the main gate, enter 004 at the kiosk, then, when the gate opens, proceed through to the first right hand turn to the clubhouse.

UPDATE:

We just learned that mayoral candidate Dave Cortese will be joining us today at the Villas to address our park issues. The first candidate, Sam Liccardo, will be with us from 2:00 to 2:30. Candidate Cortese will be with us from 3:00 to 3:30. We have given each candidate a list of questions to address on park issues. We are, by law, not allowed to endorse candidates. We are, as a nonprofit, allowed to campaign for issues that directly affect our interest, which is our parks.
Please join us to hear what each candidate has to say about our parks. This is a one issue meeting only. The candidates have been asked to address our park concerns and have a limited 30 minute window each to spend with us

 

Topics:

Antiquated irrigation
Rodent damage
Funding for adequate time and personnel for maintenance
Requiring permit process for PG&E to cut trees
Protection of urban forest under PG&E lines
Working relationship between San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and nonprofits such as MFPA

 

We encourage all members to attend if your schedule permits.
Support your local neighborhood parks. if we don’t, no one will!

 

Why all the Green Ribbons around trees?

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You’ve seen them in both of our Jeffrey Fontana & TJ Martin parks: bright green ribbons fluttering in the spring breeze, decorating trees.  What do they mean?  How did they get there?
The answer: Members of our Martin-Fontana Parks Association are helping Our City Forest celebrate their organization’s 20th anniversary, and are honoring their site stewards, MFPA, Scout Troop 262, TJ Martin Neighborhood Association, the Daisy Brownie troop from Los Alamitos, Scout Pack 340, and other volunteers, by marking almost 200 trees we have helped plant since Dec 2010.
Ribbons have been placed in both Jeffrey Fontana & TJ Martin parks to thank everybody and raise awareness of the importance of our urban forest.  And for our Green Amigos out there, don’t worry, sustainability is a main priority at Our City Forest, and they’ll be reusing the ribbons for further projects after they come down in the fall. If you’d like to volunteer with this program, or learn more about Our City Forest’s programs and services, contact them for more information!

Weep for our Willow Tree

Around the 15th of May our large Willow tree decided to shed more branches.  This is the Willow tree in the northeast corner of Jeffrey Fontana Park not far from Alamden Expressway.  Back in 2010 it used to look like this:

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In Dec of 2012 she shed her first branch.
In Dec of 2012 the Willow shed the first branch.
Then this month two more limbs were shed.
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It looks like one of the limbs broke off from the top & it then smashed into a bottom limb, breaking it off too.

The Parks Department has been notified.  We hope to see about arranging to have this tree fully trimmed of all it’s dead branches.

The MFPA March 2014 Newsletter is here!

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Heart of the Park IV

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