With storms blowing down trees elsewhere in Venice, the VSA has initiated a tree trimming and thinning project to protect the 21 Italian Stone Pines around the Venice Post Office.
“These pines are in dire need of care,” said Darin Morris, a Grand Boulevard resident and landscape architect. “All the canopies are quite dense and severely top heavy, which puts them at extreme risk of blowing over in El Niño storms.”
Morris added, “Italian Stone Pines need proper pruning to grow to the
majestic beauties that they can become, which will create a grand, inspiring
Mark Ryavec, the president of the VSA, said, “Jim Murez, Ed Barger and I led about 200 volunteers to plant these trees about 20 years ago. I remember that we named all the trees and that the one I helped plant is named after my great-aunt Lucy. I feel a personal sense of stewardship.”
|Campos Green View Tree Service trims trees.|
“Many have asked why the Post Office or the City is not paying for the trimming,” Ryavec said. “We’ve checked with both and neither have the funds for the trimming now, while there is urgency so we don’t lose any of these trees in the coming storms.”
|First completed tree on Grand and Riviera|
Donors to the trimming project include Erin Sullivan, Russ Cletta, Darin Morris, Janne and Jack Kindberg, David Hertz, Scott Spector and Ralph Ziman.