Redwood trees are native to California, but not all of California. They don't do well in dry upland areas, for example. And the Town Council in Portola Valley, a town with plenty of dry upland, will be considering new guidelines for where and where not to plant redwoods at its Wednesday, Sept. 11, meeting.
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. outside under the redwoods in the small grove just north of the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road. (The council has one scheduled meeting in this grove per year.)
According to a staff report, redwoods should not be planted where they have to rely on irrigation or where they will eventually obstruct someone's view. They should not be planted within 50 feet of a structure, septic system or leach field, and should not be planted as a hedge.
The guidelines were drawn up by the Conservation Committee and have been reviewed twice by both the Architectural and Site Control Commission and the Planning Commission.