Iconic Petaluma redwood slated for removal

High hopes for the survival of one of three iconic redwood trees in the center of Petaluma have been dashed by an arborist, who recommends the eight-decades-old tree be removed as soon as possible.

"The tree is coming out," said Rod Scaccalosi, chairman of the city's tree advisory committee, which has been exploring options for the tree for more than a year.

"It's reached a point beyond where it's safe," he said. "The insides are all rotted out."

The tree, about 60 feet tall, is the northernmost of three coastal redwoods planted at least 85 years ago in the city's tiny Center Park along Petaluma Boulevard North.

The narrow strip of land separates the boulevard from parking spaces in front of McNear's Mystic Theatre and other businesses. It's often used as a meeting spot or a focal point of welcome greenery in an otherwise concrete jungle.

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