Saturday, February 4, 2017

Red Car Property: Steep Slopes, No Trees

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 28, 2017.  The steep slope on the south end of the Red Car Property has no trees to hold it together.  The slope below Lake View Ave burned in the June 19, 2016, Silver Lake Fire.  The Red Car Property line is roughly parallel with the power lines above the slope.  With nearly 18'' of rain since Oct 1, neighbors are wondering how much of the slope will slide.  This slope drains directly to Corralitas Red Car Property, into what we refer to as Lake Corralitas. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 28, 2017.  It's hard to convey just how steep the slopes are above the Red Car Property.  The tree stumps on the opposite slope are from the formerly huge Eucalyptus tree adjacent to Corralitas Walk and the 2 Freeway
Photo: Gary Vlahakis, January 9, 2017.  The dead Eucalyptus trees on the Red Car Property slope were cut down in December by LAFD brush clearance contractors.  Meanwhile the native Black Walnuts and Coast Live Oaks are recovering from the fire.
Photo: Gary Vlahakis, July 9, 2016.  A few weeks after the Silver Lake Fire, one of the two large Eucalyptus trees to the right of and downslope from the power pole was showing new growth.  However the already diseased tree was dry again by October.  In July, neighbors were unsure which trees would survive.  Leson: plant native trees and shrubs; they evolved with our extreme drought/fire/deluge hillside ecosystem.