Ocean Beach is home to a number of tall, sightly and wonderful Torrey Pines trees. You may think of the 4600 block of Saratoga Avenue – where there are a number of the beauties. The trees are scattered around northeast Ocean Beach.
There is also one on the 4600 block of Long Branch Avenue. It leans a little toward the street but is not bothering anyone or endangering any property around it.
Yet it has a big white “X” sprayed on its bark. You know, the “X’s” that tree cutters use to signify a tree that is supposed to be cut down. It actually has two “X’s” I’m told.
Local activist Richard Agee saw the “X” and contacted Councilmember Kevin Faulconer’s office about it. Staff member for OB Thyme Curtis quickly dashed off an email to Drew Potocki, Urban Forester of the City’s Engineering & Capital Projects. Thyme’s email expressed concern that the tree might be cut down, plus she cited the municipal code that states it is unlawful to cut down Torrey Pines in the City. And here it is:
Section 63.07 of the Municipal Code states: Destruction, Injury of Torrey Pines Trees, Prohibited
That it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to cut, injure or destroy any trees known as the “Pinis Torreyana” growing upon Pueblo Lots Nos. 1332, 1337 and 1338 or any public lots or lands, belonging to and within the corporate limits of the City of San Diego.
Thyme Curtis asked Potocki to investigate why there are white “X’s” on the tree. A second email to Potocki asked:
“While you gather info to let us know, it will not be cut down/trimmed in any way, correct?”
I quickly notified good friend and photog Jeff Stone, who took several excellent shots of the tree itself.
We will keep on top of this potential devastating cutting of a Torrey Pines tree.