Thanks to all who helped create the autumn equinox tree service in honor of the black walnut trees recently removed from along Russell Boulevard west of the Davis city limits. Though they were mostly dead from thousand cankers disease, and had outlived their life expectancy of 100 years, the majestic trees will be missed.
The more than 40 folks who attended learned the history of the 120-year-old trees and reviewed the many gifts trees provide. In addition to a lovely evening of music and dance, information and inspiration, we made good general progress toward assembling the resources needed to replant:
* Keith McAleer, on behalf of Tree Davis, has agreed to develop a replacement plan, obtain trees at wholesale prices and schedule planting parties. He suggests planting a more diverse canopy that will be less susceptible to a particular pest or disease.
* Warren Roberts, former director of the UCD Arboretum, offered to help with tree selection.
* Don Saylor will facilitate a meeting of Yolo County staff, Tree Davis and those in the Patwin/Russell neighborhood to coordinate the replacement process.
* Seven people have signed up to join replanting parties when the time comes, and more are welcome. Three Russell neighbors have agreed to help with watering the new trees along their properties.
* So far, donations total $1,393. The goal is $2,000 to $2,500 to pay for the trees, associated costs and some upkeep for the new trees. Donations may be made to Tree Davis (memo line: Russell trees) and sent to Tree Davis, P.O. Box 72053, Davis, CA 95617. Or visit www.treedavis.org to donate or volunteer to help with replanting.
I am heartened by so many individuals coming together to replant Russell with trees that will provide future generations with shade, beauty, home for wildlife, a wind break and buffer, and the many other arboreal blessings that the black walnuts have provided for us. None of could do this alone. We needed to pull together as community and we are doing just that.