Cleaning up in Glen Canyon

Friends of Glen Canyon volunteer Steven Uchida surveying fallen eucalyptus limb. Glen Canyon – September 12, 2012.

By Murray Schneider

A fallen limb from a eucalyptus tree greeted Friends of Glen Canyon volunteers and their supervising gardener, Rachel Kesel, Wednesday morning as they prepared to begin a round of weekly tasks. During the night the limb had separated from the trunk of a towering gum tree, one of its branches now lying along Alms Road as joggers and dog walkers passed.

Fallen eucalyptus limb along Alms Road in Glen Canyon. September 12, 2012.

“Someone can trip over it,” said Kesel, as she fished a cell phone from her pocket and placed a call to Lisa Wayne, the NAP manager and her supervisor.

Serrated tree limbs plummeting on unsuspecting day trippers are dangersous, she says. NAP stewards make a routine habit of surveying canyon willow and eucalyptus trees that can pose a threat to hikers, and the jagged branch that now hung over a retaining wall just yards from Glenridge Cooperative Nursery School was not to be trifled with.

“Lisa wants to circle the limb with caution tape,” said Kesel. She stepped to her truck but didn’t find any and directed a volunteer to head back to the Recreation Center and get some from Oskar Rosas, the gym director.

“What do you think,” said volunteer Steve Uchida, a retired postal worker. “A hand saw?”

Kesel shook her head, as she rounded the tree with yellow caution tape. With a schooled eye, she estimated the height where the amputated limb had cracked off.

“I don’t think so,” she said. “This is beyond my skill set. We’ll need tree trimmers.”

When the limb was finally secured with yellow  tape, Kesel and her volunteer crew gathered mattocks and headed off to Coyote Cave a ways off to do battle with Ehrharta, a mat forming perennial grass that originated in South Africa and forms thick underground root mats that exclude native plants.

Friends of Glen Canyon volunteer, Gloria Koch, surveying fallen eucalyptus limb in Glen Canyon. March 12, 2012.

Taking his first step along Willow Loop Trail, Uchida looked over his shoulder at the limb.

“High traffic area,” he said. “Someone would have messed with it.”



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3 responses to “Cleaning up in Glen Canyon

  1. Kerry

    I was in the canyon this morning and saw this fallen tree branch, and saw another on Elk, at the entrance at Sussex Street. There hasn’t been any wind and the trees look healthy. Perhaps someone deliberately pulled these branches down. Was is most devistating is the wasteland that has been created on the eastern slope of the canyon, where someone has illegally been poisoning selective plants. No herbicide spraying notices anywhere, just a wasteland of blackened devistation and rubble. What has happened to the canyon.

  2. ted

    what is the agenda with all these “me so scared” stories about tree branches and the invasion of killer trees. The coolest thing about glen canyon park is that on opposite ends are a baseball field and a forest. people like the unspoiled,wildness character of the canyon. branches fall off trees. we don’t want them falling in ballfields, but it’s expected they could fall in the other end. now don’t start hazing me about people getting killed by branches. absolutely the city needs to inspect trees on a routine basis and address those that are truly hazardous. but calm thee self down, branches fall. and that’s why man invented yellow caution tape. did dog walkers and joggers really pass by the fallen branch? call the city desk, now that’s a story.

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