Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Disturbing News

The palm trees of southern California are disappearing. Some are dying of old age--after all, they'be been around a hundred years. Others are falling victim to a fungus that debuted about ten years ago and apparently defies eradication efforts. In Santa Monica, an ordinance was passed requiring tree trimmers to use special equipment and precise cleaning methods in order to reduce the spread.

Still, the palm trees of southern California are disappearing.

And thanks to the Vegas casino construction boom, municipalities can't afford to replace them. So instead we'll be seeing cheaper, indigienous trees like oak and sycamore lining our streets and creating our skyline.

I don't know about you, but the prospect really bums me out.


Terry said...

Yeah, I know what you mean, Randy. It's really sad. It sounds like that Dutch Elm disease that wiped out so many colorful elms all over the country. Here you'd have all these old, old trees that were part of the landscape--and now gone.

Hmmm, turkey day's coming up. I can't believe it's almost here, lady.... Just remember, turkey is not fattening. :) It's all the rest of the stuff that is!!! :) Don't eat the seasoned skin? What???

Vonda said...

That's tragic! The palms really are part of the southern Calif. image. Here in NC, insects have invaded and killed most of the pine trees. Acid rain or some disease killed thousands of spruces. And bugs eat up the locusts every summer. Oh and anthracnose attacking the native dogwood. Argh!