Fred Booker 
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Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

Anyone interested in this subject should walk the Oakland project site at the North Oakland Sports Complex at the top of Broadway. What you will see is a eucalyptus grove that is a weed infested and drought stressed collection of sickly trees. Branches on most trees have broken off and now litter the forest floor and all the new epicormic growth is being eaten by beetles. The eucalyptus are infested with the eucalyptus leaf beetle (Chrysophtharta m-fuscum), which came into Southern California from Australia in 2003 and which is not controlled by any of our native parasites or predators. C.H. Sellers in his book "Eucalyptus: its history, growth and utilization" states that Eucalyptus globulus (Bluegum Eucalyptus) "is a species of no great drought endurance" and this is quite obvious to the casual observer. In comparison, the native bay and oaks are doing quite well.

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Posted by Fred Booker on 06/25/2015 at 3:31 PM

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