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Menlo Park OKs removal of 39 heritage trees at Sharon Green apartments

Two trees must be planted for each one removed

An application to cut down 39 heritage trees at the Sharon Green apartment complex at 350 Sharon Park Drive in Menlo Park has been approved, according to Public Works Superintendent Brian Henry.

The approval was granted on the condition that two trees be planted for each heritage tree removed, and that the majority of the new trees be of a 24-inch box size.


Other conditions: trees and an irrigation system must be installed in the Sharon Road median island, and non-heritage trees that are 13 to 14 inches in diameter must be maintained for four years.

Kate Bradshaw

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Posted by birdman
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 9, 2017 at 4:35 pm

When this many trees come down at once, it is not just the canopy, green and living plants that get destroyed but the supply of food, shelter, protection, and habitat for the birds and other animals that call trees their home and roosting areas. If the trees are taken down soon, there will inevitably be bird chicks and other animal families that will get killed in the process since the nesting season has begun. I wonder if any of this gets taken into consideration when decisions like these are made or are these creatures and their families considered dispensable along with the trees. I guess the answer is clear in this case.


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