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Huntington Beach News Stories Trees Removed in Gibbs Park and Central Park

gibbs butterfly park
butterfly park before tree removal
 

 

 

Huntington Beach --Bugs are Killing Trees with Zest. Above three photos on the bottom row show the Norma Gibbs Brandel Park before the tree removal. Top picture shows the aftermath of the tree removal, just before the expected migration of monarch butterflies. In a side note, we noticed an incredible influx of butterflies in early September, long before the expected November arrival.


The zest of Huntington Beach pests is killing trees in Huntington Beach.  From Gibbs to Central Park, hundreds of trees have been or will be removed, according to the Department of Public Works. The 24-month project is expected to eat up a large portion of the city's tree budget, costing $300,000 of the allotted $450,000 annual budget in the first year alone.

 

City crews have been spotted gutting dead and dying eucalyptus trees at Gibbs Park, where over half the trees are damaged or destroyed by several types of beetles from Australia. Right out of a Simpsonn's cartoon where Bart infested Australia with pests, it seems the roles are reversed and at least two kinds of bugs have eaten away at the once healthy specimens.  Bugs and weather conditions have killed a smaller number in Central Park, currently estimated at only 3 percent. The tortoise beetle preys on the leaves of trees in Gibbs and Central parks, essentially sucking the life out of these hearty trees that normally thrive in Southern California.

 

Jean Nagy of the Huntington Beach Tree Society, a tireless advocate for proper planting of trees, plans to write grants to help fund the tree replacements. Gibbs Park, a supposed migration area for monarch butterflies, is decorated with a stone tile that pays tribute to the orange butterflies celebrated in places such as Pacific Grove.  Recently some home-owners drew attention and complained about the condition of Gibbs park, stating that it was messy and overgrown. Monarch butterfly specialists from Pacific Grove traveled to Gibbs Park to study the situation and help offer remedies. Trying to replant in time for the migratory season, which begins in November, many have spotted Monarchs in September. Weather patterns in recent years may have affected the migrations of the butterflies.