Vegetation Near Signpost 29 in Claremont Canyon in Oakland, California
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This area just south of Claremont Avenue is often touted as a good example of what can be accomplished by cutting down the eucalyptus, pine, and acacia trees, as is planned very soon for the rest of UC Berkeley's land in Claremont Canyon and Strawberry Canyon. The photos below proceed to the southeast along Summit House Trail from Signpost 29. Once you get a little ways up the trail from the highly visible area near the road, you will encounter stumps that are all surrounded by dry dead weeds, mostly long-dead poison hemlock. There are other areas of dry brush in the open sun and dead wood on the ground. None of this is a lower fire risk than living trees of any species. These photos were taken on Saturday, October 24, 2015, apparently about a decade after the trees were cut, yet the dry stumps surrounded by dry dead weeds remain.
For some photos of the threatened trees in Strawberry and Claremont Canyons, with narration from a slide presentation, see bapd.org/treestalk.html. For an outline of arguments against the cuts, filled with citations from scientific studies and government documents, see bapd.org/treenotes.html.
These photos by Ken Cheetham are free for any not-for-profit use. For more of my photos in Strawberry and Claremont Canyons, see my longer sequence.
151024 01 eucs beyond signpost 29
151024 03 signpost 29 (closest)
151024 04 UC and CCC sign at signpost 29
151024 05 eucs beyond wood chips at signpost 29
151024 06 map near signpost 29
151024 08 looking back at wood chips at signpost 29
151024 10 pretty pale green plant
151024 11 proceeding on the Summit House Trail
151024 12 eucs beyond some wood chips
151024 14 threatened pines on Chaparral Peak
151024 16 threatened pines on Chaparral Peak (zoomed)
151024 18 dry brush near Summit House Trail
151024 19 dry brush near Summit House Trail
151024 21 dead poison hemlock around wood chips
151024 24 new poison hemlock sprouting up
151024 25 dead weeds around stumps
151024 27 a log perhaps for erosion control, not so airtight
151024 30 dead weeds and erosion around stumps
151024 32 dead poison hemlock around stumps
151024 33 threatened trees on the ridge
151024 34 dead weeds around stump
151024 37 dead weeds around stumps
151024 38 a small redwood grove on Summit House Trail
151024 39 looking dry around Summit House Trail signpost
151024 40 thin dead limbs by Summit House Trail
151024 41 dead stuff around stump
151024 42 dead poison hemlock around stump
151024 43 dead weeds and erosion around stump
151024 44 yellow truck and cyclist beyond wood chips