September 24, 2011
Hikers in Elyria Canyon Park late this Saturday morning might have seen a strange sight. A man with a chemical tank strapped to his back was applying a blue liquid to the leaves of Trees of Heaven. We are happy to announce that the Tree of Heaven continuing abatement program has begun for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. Funds were secured from both the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council and the Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council to continue this program, begun last year, in an effort to eliminate this noxious, invasive, exotic weed tree from Elyria Canyon Park. Other parks in the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council boundaries that are also included in this abatement program include Rainbow Canyon Park and Stahr Park in Mt Washington.
Once large stands of the Tree of Heaven are successfully killed, the Beautification Committee has plans to begin planting native plants including the endangered California Black Walnut that are currently being propogated in the nursery at the Red Barn in Elyria Canyon Park. Stay tuned for more updates on the progress of the Tree of Heaven abatement program in Elyria Canyon Park and other parks in the Mt Washington neighborhood.
Residents who have Trees of Heaven on their own private property can contact Jerry Schneider at 323-225-2748 to participate in a similar program for property owners. If you have Trees of Heaven on your property, you should consider abatement as this invasive species might soon crowd out the other, more desirable plants in your yard.