Tuesday, November 30, 2010

TCU: Trees come down at new Cal Fire Station site

Trees come down at Cal Fire site
Construction crews began work clearing several trees for the construction of a new Altaville Cal Fire station. Despite much community protest over cutting down the trees, particularly one sequoia that was sitting where a new parking area is planned, trees were taken out Monday in one of the first steps in building a new station.

According to Cal Fire Division Chief Steven Hollett, the crews are in the process of removing about 40 trees as part of a 16-month project to build a new Cal Fire facility.

“I appreciate the public’s concerns and I imagine they’re not totally happy (about the tree removal), but I think in the long run they’ll be pretty happy with what they get out of it.”
Hollett said the current station was built around the late 1940s and is outdated. From reports he’s read, the sequoia was planted in the mid-1950s.

He said wood from the sequoia will be used to craft a dining room table for the new station, and possibly signs, benches and other materials.

“For many to leave it standing would be best, but this is kind of our (way) ... to keep the tree kind of living in that sense,” Hollett said.

The sequoia was out of the ground and off the site by Monday afternoon.
Source article: calaverasenterprise.com Link

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