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Bay trees being removed to save oak trees

Original post made on Jul 13, 2011

A crew started removing roughly 250 bay trees in several open space lands in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties Monday, July 11, to stop the spread of a plant pathogen that kills oak tree species.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 3:22 PM

Comments (2)

Posted by Outraged, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I am outraged by this because ... well I'm not sure why but I'm sure some of the frequent posters to these forums can help me figure it out.


Posted by Tree Nut, a resident of Gemello
on Jul 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Since both tree species are native, you might be right to be outraged. I am saddened by this action, but I do think it is a necessity.
The California Bay Laurel (Umbellularia californica, aka Oregon Myrtle) is prolific, not endangered, and is a vector for this disease that is killing our oaks. Once the disease has died down, or the oaks have evolved a resistent strain, the bays will grow back. They grow much faster than the oaks. +100 year old oaks are dying, and they are really hard to replace. And it is possible that the disease could spread to the redwoods.
I guess that the outrage should be at whatever or whoever brought this disease to our shores in some imported tree or plant.


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