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Dying Pine Trees
updated: Aug 19, 2014, 11:00 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

While driving down Anapamu a few days ago, I counted three dead Italian stone pine trees. Is it drought- related? Are they all in danger?

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 COMMENT 545866 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 11:07 AM

Sadly, probably drought-related. Many at-risk trees around the area.


 COMMENT 545867P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 11:07 AM

You know, I've been noticing many very mature trees around SB/Goleta that look like they're on the verge of dying. I've wondered why they aren't severely pruned in order to lessen their to need to nourish so much foliage. Sure it would cost money, but the loss of these trees will cost in so many other ways.


 COMMENT 545877P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 11:23 AM

Hope the trees survive - they're special, iconic.


 COMMENT 545879P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 11:25 AM

Is the southern pine beetle involved? I think these pines are getting some water-- twice I've seen city water trucks watering them on Anapamu.

That said, we lost a mature pepper tree and now it looks like we are going to have to take out a cedar that the arborist said is fried beyond hope.


 SMARTYPANTS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 11:41 AM

Can't we deliver our grey water to hand water these treasures. I WOULD do that for Public trees. Privately owned trees - find a group...


 COMMENT 545897 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 11:57 AM

If you prune more than a certain % of a tree's branches at one time the tree can die from shock/stress. Shrubs and plants are different.

Those Italian stone pines are so old their roots should be reaching the water table. If they're dying it means our water table is also dropping.


 COMMENT 545900 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 12:09 PM

our water table IS dropping.

The pine beetles are in SB though, so it could be that. all the Monterrey cypress and star pines at the Wilcox have succumbed these last 15 years or so on the bluffs out there.


 MOUNTAINMAN4865 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 12:45 PM

We're losing a bunch of pines in our neighborhood, too. I think the stress of the drought is making them an easy target for the beetles.


 COMMENT 545914 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 12:56 PM

Perhaps you should ask the pines.


 COMMENT 545926 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 02:08 PM

The pine beetle is killing many pines around town, latest example is the huge tree in front of the Braille Institute on De la Vina. I hope the pines on Anapamu are immune to the beetle, otherwise, it's curtains.

On the other hand the trees are stressed due to low rainfall amounts the past two years.


 COMMENT 545927P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 02:11 PM

The thought that human pollution of the atmosphere might have contributed to this climatic change is sickening. Worse is the refusal by so many even to try to change course in case it can help.


 COMMENT 545952 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 03:36 PM

Perhaps the City Arborist could provide a reason as to why they are stressed. I did see a City water truck hand watering the pines with a "probe type" watering device.


 COMMENT 545963P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 04:08 PM

564-5433. City Parks & Rec. Ask for City Arborist. Better than just guess work.


 COMMENT 545998P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 05:22 PM

That's terrible about the Anapamu stone pines. They're landmarks and they should be watered instead of watering the grass at ChasePalm Park, which was done yesterday or the night before; the ground in the central section was soggy at midday. And also, for two days in a row, there were two large pools of water where a month ago had been a small lake at the park by Milpas/Vallarta. I took a picture then and did again yesterday; didn't send here since I had done that a month ago.


 COMMENT 546041 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 08:43 PM

The city was watering them by hand today around 12:00


 COMMENT 546062P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 11:48 PM

To report overwatering, call the water conservation hotline (805) 564-5460 or email Cathy Taylor, Water System Manager for the city.


 COMMENT 546082 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 07:20 AM

Italian Stone Pines are some of the hardiest of the pines and are fairly drought resistant (hence partly a cause for their name) The danger is that drought weakens all trees and reduces the amount of sap (the plasma trees use to mend wounds) hence beatle infestations, other boring insects and other diseases (even woodpeckers) can kill otherwise healthy trees stressed by drought conditions and unable to adequately heal themselves.


 COMMENT 546101P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 08:05 AM

The Anapamu pines may be terribly stressed by constant vibrations, fumes and sidewalks, etc. very close to their roots which may be truncated due to keeping them from ripping up the street; thus they have fewer roots to suck water.


 GBOB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 08:10 AM

The City Arborist is keenly aware of the issue, is directing work accordingly, and is VERY busy, so answering your phone calls is just a distraction (no, I'm not the Arborist:).

The trees are collectively a city historic landmark, so heroic measures are being taken. Sadly, the water table is low, and even the deep watering is a small band-aid at this point.

The city is making preservation of our rare and historic trees a high priority during the drought. Park lawns are drying up, but they can be easily replaced. The trees are another story.

We all need to do what we can. Fingers crossed!


 COMMENT 546137 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 09:36 AM

Probably caused by a combination of everything mentioned here. And you have to remember that no matter how much we appreciate them trees don't live forever either.


 COMMENT 546150P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 10:12 AM

Italian stone pine (Pinus pinea) grows as an evergreen in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11. It does not achieve its distinctive umbrella shape until maturity. Its graceful branches arch over city streets, supporting crowns that measure 40 to 60 feet across. Britain’s Kew Gardens has records of one of these Mediterranean beauties that attained an age of 300 years.
Life Expectancy of an Italian Stone Pine
by Laura Reynolds, Demand Media


 COMMENT 546155 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 10:23 AM

I adore that street with those beautiful majestic trees! I hope GBOB is right and heroic measures are really being taken. What a loss!


 COMMENT 546199 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 12:19 PM

Check out an earlier news story on this topic at SB View.

The Loraxes and the Arborist
By Cheri Rae on September 16, 2013


 COMMENT 546242 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 02:05 PM

There are 5, or so, Monterrey pines on the Wilcox that need water ASAP! Their roots are exposed from wind and foot traffic and they are grey no longer green.
They are on THEE lookout, the iconic vista, overlooking Hendries and beyond. Million dollar view spot. They need city help...with beetle free mulch and a dose of grey water for the next very dry period, ahead.

When this strand goes it will resemble More a Mesa.... not the Wilcox that hundreds enjoy, daily

Please help.


 ACF agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 02:46 PM

Folks, consider trickling overnight your most loved trees. You could save them! And trickling doesn't add much to your water bill.


 COMMENT 546365P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 10:43 PM

I hope SB is using this trickle "irricade" or other funnel-type tools:


"The improvised contraptions, called drought response irrigation pods or "irricades," are made with hollow, plastic traffic barriers and filled with recycled water that slowly trickles into the soil through attached soaker hoses."

Volunteers are involved.
I agree with saving the trees, especially our beloved stone pines! I have done nothing personally about city trees, just my own. I wonder if SB Beautiful is or can be involved?


 COMMENT 546366P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 10:48 PM

Thanks, 199. NOT good news:


"Here’s your chance to speak for the trees: Community meetings to discuss the draft Plan will take place Wednesday, September 18 from 6-8pm and Saturday, September 21 from 10 AM to 12 noon at the Louise Lowry Davis Center. For details call: 805-564-5436 or email Mandy Burgess at aburgess@santabarbaraca.gov

For more information about the plan: http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/parksrec/parks/urbforest/benefitstrees/ufmp.asp
- See more at: http://www.santabarbaraview.com/the-loraxes-and-the-arborist3563653/#sthash.fwN4XBqW.dpuf


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