Montara is losing its big trees
The sound of chainsaws is becoming as common as that of the surf in Montara.
In ones and twos and threes, Montara’s big trees are sprouting yellow signs and disappearing. Our treeline is moving steadily inland and is now mostly past Acacia. In the last year, we’ve lost about seven huge trees just a block from our house.
I took a camera with me on my walk with the dog today to record some lost trees. I realized I should have shot them when I knew they were doomed so you could see the before and after views. Walking around Montara, taking pictures of these soon-to-be-missing trees also made me realize how ugly and unavoidable our overhead powerlines are. I could’t keep them out of the pictures. Trees may damage these lines, but they also mitigate their visual impact.
I know that there are often reasons for removing these giants. Most of the big cypresses are nearing the end of their projected lives. A couple of years ago, a big cypress landed in our back yard, flattening our trampoline and nearly flattening the afforementioned dog. Our insurance agent told us we should sue our neighbors to get them to cut down the rest of the trees within striking distance. One neighbor had his huge cypress pruned, which should preserve its life.
I’m not sure what Montara will look like when all its big trees are gone.