The club will need a permit from the city to chop down 79 redwoods and three other trees, as per the city’s heritage tree ordinance.
Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, Menlo Park, Calif., is looking to remove more than 80 trees it says are unhealthy and bad for the course, reports San Jose Mercury News.
Typically, city staff makes a recommendation on a removal request before notifying the public. However, the city is looking for community input first due to the sheer number of trees involved, said Rebecca Fotu, environmental programs manager.
An arborist hired by the country club suggested that the trees should be removed. About 75 percent “are either stressed, hazardous and/or in poor to fair overall condition,” Straun Edwards of Trees 360 Degrees wrote in a report.
The trees aren’t healthy because they are too close to one another, according to the Saratoga-based arborist. The trees also block sunlight needed to maintain a healthy greenway and could cause damage to cart paths in the future, Edwards said.