Friday, December 26, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Mistletoe is costly to Davis

By
From page B4 | December 27, 2012 |

On my travels throughout Davis in support of the Davis Tree Commission, I see many examples of the negative effects of mistletoe on residential and city trees. The tree commissioners and those residents presenting a petition for tree removal do not request or vote to remove a tree without concern. The decline of legacy trees, which are some of the city’s most beautiful and recognized landmarks, is an example of the worst effects of mistletoe.

Currently, a costly and losing battle is being waged to save mature trees from the parasitic effects of mistletoe, notably the black walnuts on West Russell Boulevard. Mistletoe may have some advantages to wildlife in a natural forest environment, but the loss of habitat and shade from the mature trees attacked by this scourge in our urban forest far outweighs any benefits within the city. The forest of Davis is not a “natural environment,” but does provide a year-round lush and varied habitat for insects, birds and mammals.

When planting and replacing trees, the tree varieties approved by the city forester should be given priority. These trees are able to thrive in our local environment and are often mistletoe-resistant like my favorite variety, the valley oak.

On balance, mistletoe is not beneficial to the trees of our city’s neighborhoods because the varieties of exotic mature trees that support mistletoe cause great cost for upkeep and removal.

Michael Maulhardt

Davis

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Pastor has many plans for CA House

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Exchange students bring the world to Davis

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Transit survey: 47 percent ride bikes to campus

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Special holiday gifts

    By Sue Cockrell | From Page: A3

     
    Woodland-Davis commute bus service expands

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Learn fruit tree tips at free class

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Davis Bike Club hears about British cycling tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Pick up a Davis map at Chamber office

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Sierra Club calendars on sale Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Explorit: Get a rise out of science

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A4

     
    NAMI meeting offers family support

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Yoga, chanting intro offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Forum

    How much for the calling birds?

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Steve Sack cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    Many ensured a successful parade

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Thanks for putting food on the table

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    .

    Sports

    Two more for the road for 9-1 Aggie men

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Patterson is college football’s top coach

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Clippers get a win over Golden State

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    NBA roundup: Heat beat Cavs in LeBron’s return to Miami

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Unbroken': A bit underwhelming

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Folk musicians will jam on Jan. 2

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    .

    Business

    Passat: Roomy, affordable sedan with German engineering

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    James J. Dunning Jr.

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Floyd W. Fenocchio

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, December 26, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7

     
    Comics: Thursday, December 26, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: A9