Inyo Supervisors face more tree issues

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.

Doomed liquid amber in front of the County Water Department office on Jackson.

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.

Trip hazard from tree on Jackson?

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.

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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!

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Joann lijek
Joann lijek
2 years ago

The county should get a few more opinions from licensed arborists, or maybe their own botanists at the water department, or both. Its a shame to cut down mature trees. Roots can be pruned, perhaps the trees aren’t getting sufficient water at the root zone, why they are spreading and… Read more »

Mr. Thompson
Mr. Thompson
2 years ago

Goodbye Mr. Cash, It is clear that you’re bringing entirely too much exposure to this Board and the Administration, and it will be time for you to go. I watched the video, and from what I saw, you were presenting some items to the Board by the request of a… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago

“The Indy Seven are over-sized, messy and intrusive, much like a Labrador puppy.”

I love Labrador puppies, and trees.

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
2 years ago

I too love puppies and trees and a Board of Supervisors who are accessible and who listen to the concerns and issues big and small that we bring to them.

Brunnhilde
Brunnhilde
2 years ago

Excellent points, Anachronism. How many people remember the Owens Valley before 1970 when pumping started? Lone Pine and Independence were much greener. Bishop has a high water table because the Bishop are is protected from pumping by the Hillside Decree. Tall trees in a treeless land provide all kinds of… Read more »

The Lorax
The Lorax
2 years ago

Inyo County needs a tree policy that includes all new buildings, parking lots and sidewalks should have *appropriate* trees planted! Do you see how people huddle under trees in Inyo County in the summer. If the County cuts these down they should HAVE to replace them. Trees make communities nice… Read more »

Anachronism
Anachronism
2 years ago

Are you kidding me? Leave the decision with Public Works with no input from the citizens? We need a Tree Policy. We have needed one for years. Our towns in the southern part of the Owens Valley have suffered massive tree death since the LADWP started pumping the water table… Read more »

John
John
2 years ago

Only in Inyo County would this go to the Board. Don’t they have more pressing matters at hand? Public Works staff should be empowered to make the decision that these trees are causing problems and cut them down. I can’t believe I’m reading this in the news.