Your newspaper issue of Monday, Nov. 15, contained photos of the large sequoia tree at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Main Street in Placerville. The tree was being decorated for the Christmas season.
While it is laudable that Western Sign Company and its employees volunteered their service, it was noted that the tree top was removed and side branches about 6 feet down were also removed in order to install a top star.
This tree is a specimen tree — not a timber tree to be removed after the holidays. The tree has survived many years of air pollution and drought. It may survive by healing this mutilation, but it was unnecessary. A lightweight frame could have been slipped over the top and the star attached to the frame.