TREES IN PERIL ACROSS STATE

Saving water during drought yields unintended consequence

By Lisa M. Krieger

lkrieger@mercurynews.com

The rush to save water is claiming legions of unintended casualties — California’s trees.

Specimens that have stood tall and strong for decades are stressed and dying because of the drought, as Californians turn off spigots to comply with Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandatory conservation measures.

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HOW TO SAVE YOUR TREES

Clear grass to at least 6 inches from the trunk’s base. Some arborists suggest clearing it to the tree’s drip line.Cover the area with wood chips or other mulch to help maintain soil moisture, being careful not to let mulch touch the trunk.If the tree is younger than 5 years old, it needs 10 to 15 gallons of water per week during the growing season. Water established trees once a month, applying 10 gallons for each inch of the trunk’s diameter. Established oaks should be watered only during the Bay Area’s normal rainy season when there’s no precipitation.Water trees slowly, using a soaker hose or drip system. Continue watering a tree until the soil from beneath the canopy to slightly outside the drip line is moist 12 to 18 inches below the surface.

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Party time at Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event

Par-Tea group photo

Martin-Fontana Parks Association board members attended San Jose’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Annual Volunteer Appreciation Par-Tea at Lake Cunningham Park Saturday.  Lots of fun was had by all as you can see by the photos.

MFPA President Linda Wilson receives several awards at San Jose Parks Foundation’s Summer Soiree

Thursday June 25th, at the Japanese Friendship Gardens Tea House, San Jose Parks Foundation’s President, Kathy Sutherland, presented their Community Hero Award to MFPA President Linda Wilson.

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Linda also received a Commendation from the County of Santa Clara presented by Policy Assistant, Mike Donohoe.

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Presenting the final Commendation from the City of San Jose were District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.

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A beautiful evening was enjoyed by all in celebrating the partnerships, projects, and the future of the San Jose Parks Foundation. A big thank you to James Reber, the Founding Executive Director, for putting this all together.

Drought & San Jose Parks

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Doing Our Part to Conserve

With California facing the most severe drought in history, and residents being asked to reduce usage by 30%, the City of San José takes its responsibility to conserve water seriously.  PRNS is dedicated to maintaining our facilities in a way that both conserves water and preserves our parks. Although public parks are exempt from the watering restrictions, we plan to reduce our potable (fresh) water usage while keeping areas of our parks green, to provide our residents a respite from the drought conditions and a safe environment to recreate.
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Here’s an article written by Leeta-Rose Allester for the May 29th edition of the Cambrian Resident:

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TJ Martin Park bench refinished

Thanks to the work of Ranger M. Mac, M. Mendriski, and N. Martinez, we have a nicely refinished bench in TJ Martin Park.  It was the last of those still needing an upgrade.  Our Martin-Fontana Parks Association provided the funds to purchase the necessary materials and they provided the labor.

Before refinishing.

Before refinishing.

Warped

Warped boards.

TJ2 Bench repair

Off with the old boards

TJ2 Bench

and on with the new ones.

The finished product.  Nice, huh?

The finished product. Nice, huh?

Great job, guys!

The Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden gets a Spring makeover

On Sat the 9th of May, the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors (SCCAOR), with the support of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association, and Adopt-a-Park, weeded, dead-headed roses and generally cleaned-up the Fontana Memorial Rose Garden at McAbee Road and Golden Oaks Drive.  Continuing to make this area the highlight of the commute on McAbee!  Thanks for all your hard work, volunteers.  What we do without you.

Thanks also, to our photographer, Susan Mosher for the great photos.

Hard at work

Volunteers hard at work

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