Robert Deitz has begun the process of replacing the incense cedar trees that were cut down from his property.
The trees were cut down from Deitz’ Lotus Road property, with an estimated 20 trees reduced to stumps.
“Originally I thought some of my trees were taken,” Deitz wrote in an e-mail. “But after I collected them up to donate to a local Boy Scout Troop 95 for their tree lot fund raiser, I found trees were on top of each other in my ponds. Not a single tree was taken, they were cut down and thrown in my ponds and on the side of the road. Most were not even Christmas tree size — the smallest was around 12 inches high, four or five were only two to three feet high. They just cut them down to kill them. Larger ones that could not be carried were cut in two, the top half first then down to the base to kill the tree.”
The trees are now being replaced thanks to the kinds of the community, Deitz said, with three offers to replace the trees, two of which had lights on the road.
“A local nursery donated what they had, and drove up to Marysville to get two large ones to replace the two which had the lights on them. They went up and got them at (their) cost,” Deitz wrote. “A local landscaper sent a crew out to plant the large ones at his cost. A veterinarian who lives in Pollock Pines, who never saw the trees, had me go to a nursery and three trees were paid for. And (on Dec. 15), someone who lives down the road who did see the trees with the lights sent me a Christmas card and a $100 check to help replace the trees — someone whom I’ve never met.”
Deitz wrote that half of the trees have now been replaced, but are not as large as the ones that had been cut down Dec. 4 or 5, “but they all now have the spirit of the community in them.”