Apr 12

Proactive tree maintenance provides for improved tree health

Posted on April 12, 2021 at 9:51 pm by Clay Curtin

Regular, scheduled tree maintenance is an important component of a healthy urban forest. West Coast Arborists, Inc. is the City’s tree maintenance contractor hired to maintain street trees on a 5-year cycle throughout our many neighborhoods.

Maintenance includes a visual inspection of each street tree, pruning for vehicle and pedestrian clearance, cleaning large dead wood, addressing structural defects like rubbing limbs or overextended branches, young tree structural pruning and the removal of support stakes. Benefits of this proactive tree maintenance include improved tree health and longevity, reduced maintenance costs and reduced risk. 

Currently, the City's tree maintenance contractor is working in the area bounded by Ravenswood Avenue, El Camino Real, Middlefield Road and Spruce Avenue. 

The City’s efforts are separate and apart from PG&E’s tree maintenance work near power lines. If you see work being done in Menlo Park by Utility Tree Service, Inc., or other contractors, it is typically at the direction of PG&E or private individuals.

For additional tree trimming information, please contact the Maintenance Division at 650-330-6780.

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Mar 29

Peninsula Clean Energy promotes new heat pump water heater rebates

Posted on March 29, 2021 at 9:10 pm by Clay Curtin

Switch to a heat pump water heater and save! Peninsula Clean Energy is providing a $1500 rebate when customers replace a gas water heater with an approved contractor. Combined with the BayREN rebate of $1,000, this provides a total of $2500. If an electrical panel upgrade is needed, supplemental rebates are available.

Why make the switch? At least 40% of the methane gas used by homes is for heating water. Heat pump water heaters are clean, safe and all electric. Heat pump water heaters are also resilient; they can operate during power outages with solar and backup battery.

Qualifications:
  • Must be a San Mateo County resident
  • All installations must be completed on or after Jan. 1, 2021
  • Must use a BayREN Participating Contractor
  • Your BayREN Participating Contractor will submit the rebate application for you and will make sure that all available incentives are applied
Learn more at the Peninsula Clean Energy Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate website. 

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Mar 22

Join us for Menlo Park's Virtual Arbor Day Celebration

Posted on March 22, 2021 at 6:46 pm by Clay Curtin

Please virtually join Mayor Drew Combs, City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson, Environmental Quality Commission, and city arborist in planting a tree in honor of Arbor Day. Join the event virtually at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 27. The City will also celebrate its 21st year of being a Tree City USA. The ceremonial tree is a deciduous valley oak (Quercus lobata).

Two years ago, City Council approved replanting 76 trees throughout the Menlo Park community in exchange of removing seven heritage redwood trees at 1000 El Camino Real. The plan included replanting 14 trees onsite at 1000 El Camino Real, 12 trees to be planted at the Burgess Park campus, and the remaining 50 trees to be coordinated with Canopy and planted in the Belle Haven neighborhood.

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