Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Red Car Property: Peruvian Pepper Tree Cut Down

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, February 13, 2017.  Someone cut down a large Peruvian Pepper Tree (Schinus molle) between 3 PM Sunday and 10 AM Monday.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 24, 2017.  The pepper tree is the dark green tree on the left side of the above photo.  It was a large and healthy looking tree.  There is a difference between trimming a tree properly and destroying a tree.  This incident doesn't even qualify as tree topping.

At least they didn't cut down the protected native Black Walnut trees (the trees with no leaves - they drop their leaves for winter).  

The Red Car Property includes the slope up to the fence line on the Lake View side. The portion of the Red Car Property between Rose Scharlin Nursery School and the Silver Lake Ave Public Staircase, abutting on Lake View Ave homes, does not have as egregious of encroachments as other sections of the Red Car Property.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 25, 2016.  The Peruvian Pepper Tree looked to be about 30' tall in 2016.  While it was not a protected native tree, it was a "significant tree," with a trunk diameter of at least 8". 
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, February 13, 2017.  The split in the trunk was below the cut, not above.  So a cut was made and the weight of the tree (on the downslope side), split the tree and it went down.  Look at the first photo again if there is any doubt about the cut.

Another neighbor commented, "What is with all the tree hate?!"  Indeed, the Red Car Property is a lawless place.