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November 30, 2006
THANK you for the informative article ["Planting the Future, One Tree at a Time," Nov. 23]. However, in an era when oil is peaking, putting our food supply at risk -- yes, pretty much everything we eat that we don't grow in our neighborhoods is oil-dependent -- we should be planting a variety of fruit and nut trees everywhere in our public and private spaces. Our city has thousands of miles of superfluous auto parking lanes in residential areas. These could become orchards and food forests.
November 6, 2013 | By Amina Khan
When this tree is down in the trenches of a dry season and battling pesky leaf-eaters, it calls upon its trusty allies: ants. Ecuador laurel trees will produce an extra dose of sweet, sticky sap to attract Azteca pittieri ants that aggressively protect their arboreal home from herbivores, says a new study in PLOS Biology. Trees and ants are often sturdy allies, said lead author Elizabeth Pringle, an ecologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. A complex food chain can take place among their branches: Little scale insects suck sugary sap out of the tree's innards and then poop it out as "honeydew.
Ten saplings that were recently cut down by vandals will be replaced Saturday, and another 25 planted along Victory Boulevard, as part of a beautification project. Community leaders were shocked to wake up Monday morning to find that one-third of the holly leaf oak trees they planted last weekend had been chopped in half with a pair of lopers or bolt cutters. Only a three-foot trunk and a metal rod remained.
January 3, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
Like shade? Topping a priority list of city projects for 1998 is a tree-planting program to replace foliage in denuded areas. A citizen's advisory committee will help develop a plan to add more trees and replace cracked curbs, sidewalks and gutters damaged by unruly roots. Also expected to take root this year are new businesses. City lots on the market for development could lure employers, which should go well with Mayor Ronald Bates' hopes of increasing municipal revenues.
Sherman Oaks residents will raise money for trees at the third annual "Barbecue at Bloomingdale's" today at Fashion Square Sherman Oaks. The event, sponsored by the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assn., is a benefit for the area's Ventura Boulevard Tree Planting Project, which is aimed at beautifying the stretch of Ventura between Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard with palms and leafy trees. "We feel very connected to our community," said event spokeswoman Elke Heitmeyer.
April 25, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI
Children and adults will team Saturday to help make Vintage Street Fundamental Magnet School a better place. Students and community members are expected to plant 38 mulberry and silk trees around the perimeter of the school yard, school Principal Ivy Morritt said. One of the trees will be dedicated to Cherokee McVea. The 7-year-old boy was killed in a 1993 car accident in Van Nuys. The boy, a Vintage Magnet School student, would have graduated with the fifth grade this year.
December 7, 1997
On Nov. 30 my wife and I went bike riding along the L.A. River alongside Griffith Park, south of the Glendale Freeway. We happened upon a bunch of trucks and men chopping up tree branches along the bikeway. The lead man was pretty curt, telling us that the orange cone by his truck meant we were not to pass. He also started defending the Army Corps of Engineers' rationale for tree removal, saying it was "to keep trees from being uprooted and driven into bridges, clogging the flow and flooding innocent women and children out of their homes."
March 1, 1987
While I took pride in seeing my lovely young wife and son on Friday's (Feb. 6) Orange County Digest, I found the caption explaining the photo of work on the Laguna Canyon Senior Housing Project lacking in detail. While developer Alan Baldwin explained that the trees were being trimmed only (up) to the 25-foot level, he failed to mention his instructions to strip all branches to the 40-foot level, the height of the trees. Only the fact that their equipment would not lift them that high and the request by the animal control officer, concerned with hundreds of nesting birds, saved the trees.
September 2, 1990
After reading "Developers, Spare Those Trees" (Aug. 28), I am mad! I wholly support Lorlaine Davis, the Trabuco Women's Club and the Sierra Club in their efforts to save the trees in Live Oak Canyon. It is the last unspoiled rural area in the county and should be a county treasure that is left to be enjoyed by all. Its beauty and peacefulness feed the spirit. The developers in Orange County, who are shortsighted and see only their own point of view, seem to operate by one motto only: "The end justifies the means."
August 21, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
Although our human ancestors climbed down from the trees millions of years ago, our feet have retained the type of flexibility seen in today's tree-dwelling primates, new research shows. For about 80 years at least, scientists have been under the impression that human feet are special.  Studies comparing human and chimpanzee footprints in the 1930s suggested that human feet were much stiffer than those of other apes. Humans have arches in the mid-foot region, as well as rigid outer edges, leading scientists to conclude that our mid-foot regions weren't capable of touching the ground, unlike those of our ape relatives.
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