Charles Wohl 
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Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

Eradication of the eucalyptus is a misguided extension of native plant advocacy when the fact that the Bay Area’s native species, the grasses and shrubs that once covered most of the tracts of the East Bay hills, are far more of a fire hazard than what grows now. The chaparral that covered much of the Bay Area depended upon occasional fires to sustain the landscape.

Healthy eucalyptus as well as pine trees are much less likely to burn than what existed before people came to these parts. Eucalyptus are known and respected for their windbreak and fire resistant characteristics, not just in the Bay Area and other parts of the state, but throughout the southwest as well as other parts of the world with hot and dry climates. Without the wind breaking capabilities of the eucalyptus trees, the disastrous wildfire of 1991 would have burned even hotter and would have consumed much larger swaths of land.

The eucalyptus is an important addition to the Bay Area and many other parts of the world. The trees were brought here for a reason. They have been and continue to be bred to grow quickly in the harshest of environments and to provide better and better protection from the elements. Not only do they provide more effective deterrent to fire than do our native species, but they are pleasantly fragrant, aesthetically pleasing and provide us with shelter.

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Posted by Charles Wohl on 06/29/2015 at 9:02 PM

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