A solar power project that involved clear-cutting groves of eucalyptus and oak trees to install solar panels has been halted near Richmond after county supervisors said they were caught off guard on the tree removal.
A crew on Monday began removing roughly 250 bay trees in several open space lands in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to stop the spread of a plant pathogen that causes oak tree species to die.
Menlo Park residents are negotiating with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to preserve the nearly 300-year-old oak tree, which stands in the way of an expensive water pipeline project.
A grove of redwood trees, some more than 1,500 years old, will be preserved after a conservation group raised millions of dollars to buy the land from a logging company.
The City of San Jose has launched an aggressive tree trimming project, in response to a tragic arbor accident last winter. The public-private partnership planned to work on nearly a thousand trees before the end of the year.