Jason Grabosky, an ecologist at Rutgers University, inspected the tree in mid-June and declared it to be “in a spiral of decline.” Although Grabosky gave no timeline, residents are suddenly preparing for the worst.Many talk about the tree’s demise as they would a family member’s.Our role as an independent, fact-based news organization has never been clearer.
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When it didn’t last month, when even more of its upper branches stayed bare, other experts were consulted.
They tested the soil, probed the tree’s roots, checked for beetles and disease.
“It has an enormous canopy and provided so much shade for our property.
Two hundred years ago, the current urban areas of Northern California were home to virgin oak forests, among the most celebrated in the state.