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Historic Cypress Trees to be Removed, Replaced

This month, the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust will begin a three-year effort to remove and replace 25–30 of the 80 Monterey cypress trees on the bluffs at Fort Mason, which had been planted as a wind block 100 years ago. The trees have been in worsening condition due to age, environmental conditions, and tight spacing. Their declining health also pose a risk to the 1 million visitors to the area each year; the trees are directly adjacent to the Bay Trail.

The trees will be chipped on-site, with the chips returned to the same location so seeds within the chips will sprout into new seedlings, which will then be thinned to provide the recommended 20–25 foot spacing between trees for their maximum health. Learn more at a community walk/talk on Nov. 15 at 10:15 a.m. Meet at the Great Meadow at the top of the stairs to Lower Fort Mason. RSVP to [email protected].

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