John Durand 
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Re: “The Eucalyptus Is Part of California

I understand you feelings; I grew up with the eucalyptus forests too. But there are good reasons for removing them (while preserving some groves for esthetic and historical reasons. They are not at all fire resistant, especially with the amount of understory debris they produce. This same debris tends to be allopathic, so it discourages most other plants from growing under the canopy...meaning there is not much green there...only dry tinder. None of this stuff supports any kind of animal species...simply because there is not much diversity and eucalyptus are not desirable as a food source for most insects and other species.

What could a removal look like? California was very beautiful, especially along the Berkeley hills before Eucalyptus was introduced in the 1880's. Examples of successful restorations can be found on angel island, where oak forests are replacing the Eucalyptus, and in the Presidio of San Francisco, where somewhat barren forests are being replaced with a splended garden of flowering, food-web supporting, fire resistant native plants.

Done right, the removal needn't be a devastation, but an opportunity. Good luck with reaching some concordance with the University.

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Posted by John Durand on 07/24/2013 at 10:59 AM

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