I attended the Audubon event and read the article in the SLO County Journal by Holly Sletteland, and it was not until I received a flier that I became aware of the plan to incrementally remove 120 eucalyptus trees to plant native habitat, increasing small-bird diversity (“Review the eucalyptus-replacement facts,” Oct. 6). I felt these fliers were only to inform the community and not to divide them, and if I had not seen them would not have known about meetings.
Sweet Springs is one of the only beautiful high-canopy forests in the county. Many of the trees—including our pines and cypress—as well as many bushes are dying from diseases.
Eucalyptus are healthy trees that are surviving in today’s constantly changing environment. Besides a sanctuary for humans, it is home to owls, hawks, egrets, monarch butterflies, and other species. People come from all over to paint and photograph this beautiful area.
Spas all over the world use eucalyptus for breathing treatments. Many things have changed over 100 years. There are toxins in the air, climate differences, and concerns with carbon footprints removing precious oxygen from our area.
There are many areas in Los Osos where small-bird diversity already exists. If Audubon would plant the veldt grass area with native plants and small trees in addition to trees that are thriving so well, we would have the diversity of both habitats.
It is very important for everyone interested to visit the little pier at the end of Baywood and look across the bay at the wonderful trees. Many of these are going to be removed. Also take into consideration how long this new growth will take to thrive in today’s evolving climate.