“Tree Walks” in Mountain View

How much do you really know about the trees in our community? Maybe it's time to educate yourself on the subject. There are two different ways that you can go on a Tree Walk in Mountain View: download the self-guided version or go on a guided walk led by a certified arborist. Personally, my vote would be to go with an arborist so that you can ask questions along the way and meet fellow tree lovers.

The next guided tree walk is Saturday June 2nd, 2012 at Rengstorff Park from 10 to 11:30 am. Check the website for more details. I heard that the woman leading the tour, Katherine Naegele, is not only an ISA certified arborist, but an opera singer with a ton of personality so this particular walk should be lots of fun.

Mountain View Trees is a non-profit organization.  They host the walks and are always available to help educate the community about our trees. I’ve seen them at our Farmers Market answering questions from the public. They’ve had quite a few tree-planting events over the years where community members come out and (under the supervision of the experts) plant trees along our trails, in parks and along streets that need a bit of beautification. It's nice to be able to look back at a tree years from now and tell your friends that you helped plant it.

Mountain View is proud of their trees. We have city codes protecting our “Heritage Trees.” A Heritage Tree is any tree that has a trunk with a circumference of forty-eight inches or more measured at fifty-four inches above natural grade. Multi-branched trees are measured just below the first major trunk fork. Three species, quercus (oak), sequoia (redwood) or cedrus (cedar) are considered “Heritage” if they have a circumference of twelve inches measured at fifty-four inches above natural grade. The city website will give you more details.

You have to fill out a “removal application” if you need to remove one. We take our trees very seriously and sometimes the entire neighborhood gets involved and expresses their opinions when someone wants to have a tree removed. I like that our city is so cautious and protective of the trees. That’s one of the reasons Mountain View is as beautiful as it is.

I wrote a story a few years ago about the biggest tree in Mountain View. I don’t actually know whether or not it really is the biggest tree in Mountain View, but I’ve never had anyone try to argue about it. I love that Mountain View is a community full of tree lovers.