Tree Removal Scheduled on Milpas Street

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Tree Removal Scheduled on Milpas Street
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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The City’s Urban Forestry Program will be removing a Ficus microcarpa, Indian Laurel fig in front of the property located at 519 N. Milpas Street. The removal is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26.

The tree is being removed due to surrounding hardscape damage that required repair. In most cases, the Urban Forestry Program can save street trees by carefully pruning roots, but in this specific case, the amount of root pruning required will surpass a reasonable threshold for tree retention. The neighboring tree at 521 N. Milpas Street is being retained.

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Sun Jul 20, 2022 07:49 PM
Tree Removal Scheduled on Milpas Street

Now is a time when "we need" to "add" more trees, not remove mature trees...remember when the Eucalyptus were removed at the Monarch Grove resulting in a catastrophic monarch population loss. Those palm trees are used by birds which help manage pest populations... remove the trees and you increase pest problems as well as increase the area temperature resulting in increase water evaporation.

a-1658517259 Jul 22, 2022 12:14 PM
Tree Removal Scheduled on Milpas Street

Slowly, slowly, one-by-one, the City is removing the Ficus trees along Milpas; soon it will be like the corner of Carpinteria by the bagel shop where the large ficus was removed several years ago and nothing but empty space now.

Some of the shop owners openly prefer the trees to go and, if anything, to have nothing but shrubs there. What a loss that would be; the trees provide shade, bird habitat and a little visual relief from the ugliness of that street. Thank you for the heads-up about the cutting down.

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