Ancient Valley Oak Tree Monument now on display at Woodland Community & Senior Center

In 2021 Woodland lost one of its oldest and largest valley oak trees, which began life as an acorn sprout about 270 years ago when California belon...

November 20, 2022
2:42 AM

In 2021 Woodland lost one of its oldest and largest valley oak trees, which began life as an acorn sprout about 270 years ago when California belonged to Spain. Beginning life in an oak savannah, the tree eventually shaded a farm. However, by the time the land was subdivided in the 1950s for housing, the oak's stature was so impressive it was spared the axe, and Casa Linda Drive was built around it. However, part of its roots were cut to make room for the street, which likely led to incremental water infiltration and wood decay over the ensuing decades, weakening the tree until it was deemed unsafe.

David Wilkinson