The Berkeley City Council put many minds at ease Tuesday night by voting to allow existing trees and some vegetation to remain in place in traffic circles around town.
Our readers have deeply personal, even possessive, feelings towards their favorite trees. They find meaning in their growth, notice how they change with the seasons and mourn their passing when they die.
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Two large trees collapsed overnight in North Berkeley during Tuesday's storm. There were no reported injuries. See dramatic photos shared by readers.
Six people who had been sleeping in the park were arrested early Tuesday. The encampment had been set up on Jan. 4 to stop UC Berkeley from cutting down more trees.
The 250-foot eucalyptus that toppled Jan. 6, killing a man, had not been flagged as posing any danger in recent years, but officials are examining everything that might have led to its fall.
Tree chippers and work trucks pulled into People's Park in Berkeley early Friday morning to take out more than 40 trees and prune a number of others, UC Berkeley officials report.
The Italian stone pine tree was removed during an eight-hour operation Monday.
Neighbors gathered Thursday to mourn perhaps the oldest resident on Russell Street.
More than two months after a neighborhood outcry over the fate of trees and plants in Berkeley's traffic circles, the city has not yet decided what role neighbors may play in tending them in the future.
The situation prompted road closures and evacuations Friday afternoon.
In response to a significant community outcry, the city has taken a step back from a plan to remove "any and all trees" from the 60 or so traffic circles in Berkeley.