Tag archives: tree

In Caltrans We (Don’t) Trust
By Montecito Journal   |   December 26, 2023

When you wrote the article about Caltrans tearing down the iconic trees in the Montecito median in order to expand the freeway, one of their excuses was that it would allow them to limit tearing up the landscape on the edges of the freeway. I wrote a letter questioning many of the positions Caltrans was […]

Park Lane Tree Removal
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   May 23, 2023

Several of the iconic eucalyptus trees along lower Park Lane in Montecito have been removed after at least three of the non-native trees have fallen, causing damage to heritage oak trees and a nearby home. We’ve received several letters asking us about the tree removal and the effect on the aesthetics of the picturesque lane.  […]

Holiday Festivities in Montecito
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 14, 2021

It was a welcome sight, two years in the making: the usual crowd of Montecito locals gathered this past Saturday to trim the giant tree near the Manning Park tennis courts on San Ysidro Road. The tradition took a hiatus last year because of the pandemic; the tree was trimmed quietly by a skeletal crew […]

Fallen Eucalyptus on Butterfly Lane
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   March 5, 2020

The pedestrian tunnel under Highway 101 was closed for a brief time last week as crews cleaned up debris following a downed Eucalyptus tree on the south side of Butterfly Lane. An unoccupied SUV fell victim to the fallen tree, which split in half and caused significant damage to the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

The Route of my Roots
By Ernie Witham   |   February 6, 2020

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the route of my roots. Not the many weird routes I have taken in life to get from my New Hampshire roots to where I am rooted today. I don’t have a lot of regretful “routes not taken.” I think I stumbled about amazingly. “I’m in California? Really? […]

Singular Symbols
By Ashleigh Brilliant   |   March 22, 2018

Here is a little quiz for you: What country is represented by (a) a part of a tree? (b) a whole tree?  The part of a tree is a leaf, and the maple leaf has been the symbol of Canada for centuries, though it did not get onto the national flag until 1965. A key […]