Residents of North Fair Oaks will be out in force Monday morning (May 16) to prevent the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission from cutting down an old oak tree that is the "pride of the North Fair Oaks" area, said resident Mary Ann Mullen in a press release.
"After 3 years of obfuscation regarding this majestic 300-year-old 100' tall Valley Oak, ... affectionately called Granny, the SFPUC notified a few neighbors late Friday May 13 that they will be cutting this tree down this Monday morning May 16," she said in the Sunday press release. "This tree is the largest in the district, one of the original Oak Forest that once existed here."
The SFPUC plans to remove the tree as part of its Hetch Hetchy pipeline project.
"The preferred (least expensive) method for laying this pipe is the open trench method, which would cut through Granny's root system." She said. "Alternate methods are to place the pipe above ground in this section or to tunnel below the root system as is being done a block away under Marsh Road and was done successfully in a very similar situation by EBMUD under an old oak in Danville in 1985."
"Given the late and limited notice, we do not know if a permit is in place or if an environmental impact report has been ordered. There has been no notice of either. Certainly the community has had no opportunity to publicly respond as would have been required under the county's Heritage Tree ordinance. "
She said residents were gathering in the 800 block of 15th Avenue at 7 a.m. Monday morning.