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Re: Street Tree Trimming in Menlo Park: Bad Timing

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:00:34 -0700


Here is the response from Brian Henry a few minutes ago.

Hi All,

We contacted the trimming crew and will delay the work in this area. Our
City Arborist, Christian Bonner is copied on this email. He can explain in
better detail, the training our crew has in identifying and preserving

Thanks, Brian

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 17, 2015, at 8:32 AM, Kirsten Keith wrote:

Hello Brian,

Please address Curtis and Tate's concerns below. We certainly don't want to
trim trees during nesting season. I saw all of the tags yesterday. Your
assistance is appreciated.

On Friday, April 17, 2015, cb.tdsnyder_at_(domainremoved)

> Dear Mayor Carlton and Councilmembers,
> We are writing to express our great concern about tree pruning operations
> along Woodland Avenue scheduled to begin today, April 17. Below is our
> letter to City staff:
> *Dear Director Quirion,Yesterday we discovered a hang tag on our door on
> Woodland Avenue indicating that street tree pruning is to occur on this
> street starting today, April 17, and continuing until April 24.We are very
> concerned that this is precisely the wrong time to be pruning any trees, as
> this is nesting season! Many bird species are nesting here right now.
> Virtually all bird species are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
> of 1918 -- it is illegal to kill any of these birds, including destroying
> their nests, eggs, nestlings, or chicks. There is certainly no way any
> tree pruning contractor could pursue the job that the City has outlined for
> our street without impacting nesting birds. In addition to nests
> constructed in the canopy "in the open" so to speak, there are numerous
> cavity-nesting species whose nest entrances are very difficult to spot.
> We request that this pruning operation be rescheduled to avoid conflict
> with the nesting season throughout our City.Surely the City of Menlo Park
> does not want to repeat the errors made by the US Postal Service in Oakland
> last year when many nestlings were needlessly killed during ill-advised
> tree pruning operations, resulting in great public outrage, significant
> negative press, and fines.We would be glad to talk to you in more detail
> about this issue. *
> ________________________________
> Many tree species have very dense canopies, especially our native Coast
> Live Oaks, which are invaluable habitat trees. Detecting nests in such
> trees is extremely difficult -- one would need to see an adult bird
> approach the nest and be able to spot the nest, and birds go to great
> lengths to protect their nest locations!
> This is obviously a widespread urban problem, but we believe that Menlo
> Park can demonstrate progressive thinking in adopting pro-active policies
> in protecting birds.
> Sincerely,
> Tate and Curtis Snyder
> Menlo Park
Received on Fri Apr 17 2015 - 09:56:14 PDT

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