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News - July 26, 2013

El Palo Alto gets the high-tech treatment

Radar being used to gauge Palo Alto namesake's health, with aim of helping venerable redwood endure

by Sue Dremann

El Palo Alto, the city's iconic redwood that has stood near the banks of San Francisquito Creek for more than 1,000 years, is undergoing the most in-depth technical study of its health ever done, city Urban Forester Walter Passmore said.

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Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.


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Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Thanks so much for this article, Sue Dremann! I enjoyed every word about our very own landmark tree. I am very happy this tree is being cared for in such a professional manner. 1073 years! Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a time machine and follow its history?

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Posted by new resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Can someone please explain where it is?

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Posted by macbaldy
a resident of another community
on Jul 29, 2013 at 10:51 am

El Palo Alto is on the Palo Alto bank of San Francisquito Creek--and adjacent to the railroad tracks where they cross from Palo Alto into Menlo Park.

When anyone crosses over those rails at the Palo Alto Ave. crossing (where Alma St ends in PA), coming from or going to El Camino Real, El Palo Alto is clearly seen, toward the direction of MPk. The tree sits in El Palo Alto Park, which is on the Bay side of the tracks, between the tracks and a bend in the creek channel and the intersection of Alma St with Palo Alto Ave. The tree is roughly 200 feet NW of that intersection.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 29, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Marie is a registered user.

I really hope the Palo Alto Weekly follows up this story with another that gives the results of the study of the tree roots. Generally, redwood trees have shallow root systems and do not do well near roads and railroads. I remember sadly the fate of the Wawona redwood, a more extreme case as it had a road that allowed cars to drive through the tree - until 1968 when sadly, it fell down, partially due to the damage to the tree roots, not just the proximate cause of heavy snowfall from a storm.

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