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Arborists and tree lovers form non-profit

Original post made on Sep 25, 2012

There's a group of residents who look at the trees in city parks and on city streets with a sense of pride. That is because they are often the ones who planted those trees.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 11:09 AM


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Posted by Forest
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Sep 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

Bring on the trees.

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Posted by Tree City USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

You didn't mention that Mountain View is nationally recognized as a "Tree City USA" because of its strong urban forestry practices.

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Posted by NW Resident
a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm

There is also MV's Green Garden Showcase program:

Web Link

Devonshire Park in my neighborhood is one of them and is much loved by the many families in the area.

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Posted by B Minkin
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 26, 2012 at 8:26 am

It's great to know that this kind of group exists.

As a city, Mountain View loves trees until a developer wants to cut one down. When a tree stands in the way of increasing density, both city staff and city council roll over and will almost hand the developer a saw.

I saw this happen on a lot that was split into two, smaller houses. Should the developer keep the original plan that cut down a Heritage tree, or shift one of the houses by a few feet to accommodate it?

Or Archstone, that wants to cut down almost 70 Heritage Trees to make room for doubling the number of apartments?

Tree City, indeed.

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Posted by Congrats!
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Congrats on getting your own 501(c)3!!

I love seeing the older trees that still dot the Mountain View landscape. I was very pleased to see the old tree on Levin Ave that was not cut down when the orchard was sold and developed.

Keep up the great work!

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Posted by Susan
a resident of Castro City
on Sep 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

It is wonderful to see such warm responses to this article. The only small correction is how many trees we have planted. We have planted over 100 trees to our credit in the past 5 years of operation. We would LOVE for it to be 100 per year, but that is in the future!

The City staff in the Forestry Departmant needs to be credited greatly for their assistance with tools, muscle, cones, site location and preparation and obtaining the desired trees. Without this support we would not be as successful as we are.

Best Regards,
Susan Hamilton
MVT Board Member

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Posted by Feed the needy
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

How about planting fruit trees? We can feed the needy that way.

Orange trees
Persimmon trees
Walnut trees
Pear trees
Apple trees
Grapefruit tree
Cherry tree
Apricot tree
Fig Tree any one else with some good fruit tree ideas?

Lets feed the Birds and the bees while we are at it.


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Posted by Konrad M. Sosnow
a resident of another community
on Sep 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I have assisted Susan Hamilton in planting quite a few trees. For more fun join Mountain View trees - Web Link

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Posted by Jacaranda
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

We need more of the beautiful purple Jacaranda trees.