Consider UC Plans for Action on Trees in People’s Park

Consider UC plans for action on trees in People’s Park

Date: 2015-03-21 02:19
From: t compost <>

“UC Berkeley Real Estate”
Dear Christine Shaff,
I am trying to find out exactly which trees UC is planning on affecting in People’s Park.
I found it alarming that though an arborist hired by UC last summer recorded the amazing
treasure of biological diversity represented in this urban lot, his recommendations of
removal were drastic. He recommends removal of many trees he himself lists in good or fair condition. His report was also inaccurate about the historical information on when many of
these trees were planted.

It should also be remembered that People’s Park is a unique piece of property that was developed largely by citizen volunteers and community donations of plants and labor. There are people connected to the stories and labor of these trees. It feels distasteful and disrespectful if UC acts like this living, growing, community park is old furniture to be discarded. Hopefully the historical agreements the University made with the Park Community will also be respected. We have often worked out together which trees may need to be pruned or removed if there is a danger. In this way, there are no surprises and the University has fuller information.

I also wonder if there is funding to replace the trees as recommended by the arborist. Also,
the almond tree on the lawn edge of the east end was a tree planted by the University as an agreed upon replacement for an Acacia tree nearby that was removed. If UC in fact wants to remove this particular almond tree, it would only seem fair that it be replaced.

Frankly, many of these trees have stories and cultural significance and their removal may cause undue distress to community relations. I highly recommend that the University communicate and work with Park gardeners, users and caretakers, so that there will be no surprises.

I am more than happy to talk to you about it. As would be many cced here.
Thank you, Terri Compost 510 926-0468

Upcoming Maintenance in People’s Park
UC Berkeley is scheduled to carry out safety and maintenance work in People’s Park during the week of March 23. The work will focus on trees in the park that have been identified as in poor health or condition and that are potentially hazardous. Some trees need to be removed while others can be preserved with thinning or stabilization.
UC Berkeley had a professional consultant arborist review all 155 trees in People’s Park in July 2014. The arborist identified several as being in poor condition and recommended removal of some of them. In December 2014, two of those trees fell during storms. Thankfully, no one was injured.
The methodology, assessment, and recommendation of the certified arborist’s review of the trees in People’s Park can be found here.
This work is being done to maintain the safety and cleanliness of the park as an open space. The week of March 23 was selected for work in an effort to mitigate any impacts on nearby residences and activities, as it is Spring Break week and the campus is expected to be quieter than it is when classes are in session.
Questions about this safety and maintenance work can be directed to Christine Shaff, UC Berkeley Real Estate, at 643-4793 or

People’s Park office:
Tel: (510) 642-3255
Staff office hours are Monday–Friday, 9am-5pm.
To report a maintenance need, please call UC Berkeley Facilities Services Customer Service Center at (510) 642-1032.
Please send an email to to have your name added to UC’s People’s Park mailing list. Information sent to this email list includes events scheduled in the park and occasional news updates.


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