Treefall at Diamond and 29th Streets

A Monterey Pine which toppled in the open space at 29th Street and Diamond St. Photo:  SF Rec & Park.

A Monterey Pine which toppled in the open space at 29th Street and Diamond St. Photo: SF Rec & Park.

By Murray Schneider

On December 11, a Monterey Pine tree toppled in the open space on the crest of a hill at Diamond and 29th Streets. Receiving a 311 call, Recreation and Park arborists arrived at the site, within view of both Castro Street and Zircon Place, and quickly cleared the fallen tree.

“No one knows the cause other than the tree was located on a steep slope and it was heavy,” said Connie Chan, Deputy Director of Public Affairs for San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

Within sight of Billy Goat Hill, the vacant lot is only a few blocks from Castro and Diamond Streets, arguably one of the more blustery places in the City. So wind could very well have been a factor.

“There were no injuries, however,” said Chan.

fallen tree branchesNevertheless, Rec and Park reported that the weakened pine scraped the exterior of a house on 29th street, breaking a window and most likely damaging the homeowner’s fence.

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  1. Anonymous

    Heavy trees live for hundreds of years on steep hillsides. Still the hillsides are extremely saturated. The roots may well have been girdled. Or in likelihood it came down because of a combination of both. Plus it was probably unmanaged or if “pruned” hacked as is often Rec/Park’s unfortunate approach to Urban Forest Management.

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