We use scientific studies and observation to explain why native plant “restorations” in California are rarely successful.
Eucalyptus forests in Pinole, California
This post is an introduction to Bev Wanlin, who is writing a guest article for Conservation Sense and Nonsense about her family’s long relationship with eucalyptus. Her story begins in Chile, where her ancestors lived before coming to the East Bay in 1849, but I must not steal her thunder with more than that tidbit. Stay tuned for the full story.
While Bev completes her guest article, I am publishing her brief report about the many old eucalypts that have been saved in Pinole, where she lives. Bev’s narrative also explains the many important roles that eucalyptus plays in California. Thanks, Bev, for keeping tabs on the eucalyptus forests in Pinole that are constantly threatened by the hardcore nativists who demand that they be destroyed.
Photos and captions by Bev Wanlin, Pinole, California
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Wonderful to see eucalyptus standing tall, strong, and beautiful. Thanks for these views and her celebration of them!
Very interesting, informative article. For some reason I’ve always thought that eucalyptus trees were imported and planted to protect farms from wind. Beautiful photos and story.
That was one of many purposes of eucalyptus and it still is. Eucalyptus is also used around the world to protect agricultural crops from wind.
Wonderful to see the beautiful Eucs, and doing so well. I’m guessing the raptors and other birds are enjoying them too! So many of these Australian trees and shrubs are thriving in this arid time, helping and feeding so many animals. And making the areas around homes more beautiful.
The eucalyptus trees in Hercules and Pinole were planted as blast barriers for Hercules Powder Company. The eucalyptus trees at Point Pinole were planted as blast barriers for Giant Powder Company and the eucalyptus trees near our local refineries were also planted as blast barriers.
(Webmaster: Edited for accuracy)