Ruben Flores (right) and arborist George Jimenez water the Italian stone pines
Paul Wellman

The Pearl Chase Society has come to the rescue with a $14,560 check to save the canopy of stone pines on Anapamu Street that have become stressed by the effects of the drought and a beetle infestation. Five trees have already died and were recently removed.

Historic stone pine trees line East Anapamu Street.
Paul Wellman

The society’s gift will pay for 56 irricades — slow-watering systems that allow the roots to effectively absorb water — to help the historic trees. So far, 25 devices have been installed and have already had a positive effect on the trees. Next month, 31 more will be put in. The city will not plant any more new trees during the drought, according to the society, so it is important that the ones that still stand are saved.


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