Beginning this morning, Wednesday January 26th, the Torrey Pine on Long Branch Avenue in Ocean Beach, got its trim job.
Having obtained a permit from the City of San Diego, Theron Winsby of Pro-Trees, and his crew began to take off about 20 to 30% of the top foliage. They had arrived on Long Branch around 8:30 and planned to be on the job into the early afternoon. (These photos were taken over a period of time from about 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Local tree activist Richard Agee financed the trimming, as he had earlier hired Winsby to lend his expertise in a two month campaign promoted by the OB Rag to save the Torrey Pine from being cut down by the City. In early January, at the Ocean Beach Planning Board monthly meeting, a City representative announced that they had agreed with local activists that the tree was not a hazard and agreed not to remove the Torrey Pine.
City staff had marked the tree back in early November 2010 for removal and had threatened to chop it down as early as the end of last year. Winsby’s company had conducted a root collar evaluation and had found the tree to be healthy and not in danger of falling.
Agee and Winsby then moved to obtain a permit and to carry out the trimming – which Winsby had said the tree needed. Winsby, Agee,and the City have all pledged to monitor the tree to ensure that it does not present a hazard. Winsby had recommended that it be monitored for at least a year.
Meanwhile, the City has thrown a new asphalt patch over the buckled sidewalk.
So, another chapter in this tree’s saga of living with humans has ended, and it has finally gotten its needed pruning. And it got it the “OB way.”
Here is a gallery of photos taken during the morning trim (click on the image for a larger version).