By Deb Murphy
Seven Independence liquid ambers are looking at an uncertain future as the Inyo Supervisors discussed, then postponed, action on whether the trees, all planted in County rights-of-way, stay, or go.
All seven were deemed inappropriate for their location, according to arborist Rochelle Hair with Eastern Sierra Tree Service. The Indy Seven are over-sized, messy and intrusive, much like a Labrador puppy. But Independence residents love their mature trees, putting Public Works and the Supervisors in a bind.
Based on a number of save-the-tree e-mails sent to Board members, Supervisor Jeff Griffiths asked for a one week stay of execution to give the senders of those e-mails a chance to state their case at the next meeting.
Public Works Deputy Director Chris Cash is in the process of revising the County’s tree policy, which will guarantee inappropriate choices won’t happen in the future. The arborist’s report included a long list of much better behaved trees that Cash indicated will be included in the final policy.
The first tree on the hit list was a volunteer hovering over a water main in Laws. That was a no-brainer – off with its head.
The first of the liquid ambers, planted between sidewalk and curb, is lifting the sidewalk and dropping its limbs on parked cars in front of the County Water Department on Jackson. Cash said the Road Department had fixed the sidewalk issue three years ago, but now it was back. According to the arborist, there was no good fix for tree.
The other six were on at the corner of Main and Webster streets. Two may get a short reprieve with aggressive pruning of limbs encroaching on electrical wires. Three are causing extensive damage to a block wall with root systems that are encroaching on a patio beyond the block wall. The fourth’s root system is wrapping around itself and though the arborist suggested removal within the next 10 years, the liquid amber is in danger of getting leveled in a wind storm.
Supervisor Mark Tillemans wanted to wait to sentence those six until Cash and Public Works had a chance to finalize the new tree policy, but that may take another year. So, the final decision on the Indy Seven will be on next Tuesday’s agenda.
There was discussion of the City of Bishop’s tree policy which puts responsibility for City-planted trees on the owner of the home adjacent to the City’s right-of-way.
From Binsey Poplars
By Gerard Manley Hopkins
O if we but knew what we do
When we delve or hew –
Hack and rack the growing green!