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The Time Has Come for Alameda’s Trees to Receive a Grooming

By Erica Madison

On Oct. 12, 2009, the Planning Board requested that a Draft of the Master Street Tree Plan for Alameda’s 15,000 different trees be put on hold.

The Master Street Tree Plan (MSTP), first began in 1989. The tree plan is a citywide inventory and analysis of Alameda’s Street trees. The purpose of the plan is to provide the Planning Board with detailed information on Street trees status, as well as information on what steps are needed to improve the condition of the trees.

The plan provides specific handling in formation, on watering and pruning for trees in 24 streets, including 22 neighborhoods.

The new MSTP will only be an update however, to the existing MSTP conducted in 1989. It’s important to draft a new MSTP, as the plan will help identify ways to improve public safety and transportation. Trees that have been planted erroneously in bad areas where they conflict with power lines, will be addressed in the new MSTP.

Unfortunately, getting this Master Plan has been two years in the making.  City Council originally requested a Master Street Tree Plan on October 2007. Since then, there have been more meetings with the Planning Board and Public Works department. Unfortunately, Alameda still doesn’t have a Master Street Tree Plan in the works.

At Tuesday’s Planning Board meeting, City Engineer Barbara Hawkins wrote a letter stating, that the Public Works department needed more time to make adjustments to the plan.

The Planning Board granted Hawkins request for a continuance until November 9, 2009.

Hopefully in November, plans will be made to finally give Alameda trees a grooming.

1 comment to The Time Has Come for Alameda’s Trees to Receive a Grooming

  • barb

    Trees just got a good grooming. It was called Mother Nature.
    Now we can all spend time cleaning up the trimmings.

    It is at times like these, when our finances are depleted, and we ar facing ultimate ruin with the SUNCAL Initiative, I wonder why the heck is anyone proposing $50-100 k on yet another tree survey? To help the laid off parks employees? To anticipate which trees need trimming? Replacement? A lot of good the last survey did. For the person that got the contract to print up the little tags and nail them to every tree trunk.

    We have a very competent city staff that can tell us which trees work well for street trees, and in parks.

    Keep the money, pay the existing workers, restore their cuts.