Giant Sequoia Ready for the Holidays

 

It takes a crane to trim the Giant Sequoia!

 

A view from the top of the tree.

 

Today, for nearly six hours, volunteers braved the cold to string holiday lights on the Giant Sequoia located next to Macy’s at Fourth Avenue and Stewart Street.  This year, Eric Greenberg, the faithful volunteer who has been doing the trimming every year, enlisted the help of Chris Gregson, owner of Shoreline Electric.  No small job, the two reached the top of the tree with the aid of a large crane. This annual tree-lighting activity is funded by a private donation managed by City Club.

Zeke Richardson and Landon Byman, with SDOT’ Urban Forestry, were on hand to assist with protecting the tree top when the lights were installed.  Last spring the SDOT’s Urban Forestry staff reconditioned the soil and properly pruned the broken top of the tree in an effort to restore its health. That effort was rewarded with two newly developing leaders at the top of the tree and general improvement of the tree’s overall condition.