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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.

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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.

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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.