It’s not my week to post on the blog, but this is a PSA for California residents. Having visited the Capitol grounds in Sacramento, I find it important to make others aware of the plans to remove a number of large and historically important trees for the purpose of building a parking garage and expanding the Capitol building space.
I’m not a California resident, so in a sense it’s none of my business. But I am an urban horticulturist, and an arborist, and committed to preserving trees especially in urban environments. These trees are irreplaceable unless you want to wait a few hundred years. The plans to “relocate” some of these large trees are probably not realistic given the size of the specimens.
More importantly, this is public space and the public should be actively involved in discussions. But the process has been secretive and under the radar of a public more concerned, and rightly so, about COVID-19 and all the associated fallout from the pandemic. But it’s not too late.
Please share this post with California residents who have should have a say in how their land should be managed.
For those Californians interested in supporting the effort to save the trees at Capitol Park and call for the development of a Park and Tree Management Plan, you can sign the petition at https://www.change.org/p/california-state-legislature-save-california-state-capitol-park.
More importantly, you should call AND write to your own California legistator at this website findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov, as well as the two Legislative leaders who can really pause the project and guide its re-planning:
Senator Toni Atkins, President pro-Tempore of the Senate, 916 651 4039 and firstname.lastname@example.org. UPDATE: This email does not appear to work. Try using this form.
Assembly Member Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the Assembly, 916 319 2063 and email@example.com
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I remember using some of these trees during a workshop on tree inspection that I did with the Society of Municipal Arborists back in 2012. Now they about to be chopped because…they can’t figure out how to build parking underground?
Please petition and call–especially if you are in California! Your capitol is about to change from an arboretum to a concrete jungle.
And thanks to Linda for spreading the word:
Thank you for this information and your inspiration to advocacy for these treasured trees. Unfortunately, the email address given for Senator Toni Atkins appears to be incorrect. My message to her was bounced back saying it was undeliverable.
Dr. Hodges, I have included a link to a “contact” form for Senator Atkins. I can’t find a valid email address for her. Good luck and thanks!
Oh no! This seems to be happening everywhere. It breaks my heart. Good luck to all of you fighting this fight.
I phoned Senator Atkins office and had the opportunity to educate one of her staffers about the issue and then sent a link to this blog in a follow-up email message to that particular staffer. You can reach Senator Atkins through her aide, Barbara Hubbard, at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or just phone her 916-651-4039.
Wonderful news Dr. Hodges! Thank you for your actions and for sharing this information.