They’ve got new trees planted along Country Club Drive. That’s not exactly a headline grabber, but it has a few angles which I think deserve wider publicity.
Currently, Honey Locust trees are the only denizens of the turfed medium down the center of Country Club Drive. These trees are not very healthy for they have outgrown the well-irrigated soil they’re in.
Two years ago, Rohnert Park Public Works Director John McArthur assigned Maya Labourdette, management analyst in his department, to come up with a plan to replace the ailing honey locusts. She had 83 unhealthy trees to replace.
Maya came up with a combination of Chinese Pastiche and Trident Maple as best combination to remove all the honey locusts
The Chinese Pastiche is already familiar to RP residents for they have quite a few already planted for their decorative appearance and delicate flowers. The Trident Maple is not as familiar but it’s gaining in popularity. Both trees are not known to have a root structure that can uproot sidewalks, curbs and gutters, a frequent complaint in RP City Hall.
This, remember, is a project that began back in 2016 and Maya has divided the main avenue into three zones. They are Eleanor to Elizabeth, Elizabeth to Ellen and Ellen to Emily.
“The method of this phased approach would be to replace approximately one-third of the trees per year for three years,” said Maya. This will lessen the impact of DPW work crews on the neighborhood.
It’s quite a marvel when you remember the foreman named Snyder at Rohnert Seed Farm was traveling up and down a rutted lane from Petaluma Hill Road. His name stuck but the changes have been many.
Nowadays, Rohnert Park has somewhat of a problem with too many trees affecting traffic.
RP used to have a licensed forester on its payroll. Maybe it’s time to bring back a forester. Anyway, it’s good to see landscaping projects like this one has drawn the attention of John McArthur.
I have a picture of Annie Rasmussen and her children guarding a thin collection of young trees. You should see the Rasmussen house now, but it’s hard for there are too many huge trees nearly covering the house.