Back in October of 2011, the first phase to replace the Myoporum shrubs and trees located between the parking lot and the paved walkway at the Marina (near Docks 1 & 2) got underway. This was due to an infestation of the pest Klambothrips Myopori, or thrip. This invasive pest was discovered over 5 years ago, and after significant investigation and efforts to utilize Integrated Pest Management (non-pesticide) techniques failed, a decision was made to replace the trees, whose leaves had turned brown and begun to curl (see right).
The City Council was first advised of the plan to replace the Myoporum during the Sierra Point Landscape and Lighting District hearings on July 6, 2010, and continued to fund this work through subsequent budgets.
Replacement trees will include a mix of native trees and other trees on the City’s Approved Street Tree List which are identified as not vulnerable to this pest, flowering trees that attract native California bees, trees that serve well as a windscreen and do well with salt spray, and trees that meet the approval of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).
Contractors are completing the Myoporum Replacement Project near the north shore, at the north end of the parking lot, so parking near the lot's northern edge may be limited. Prior to the replanting scheduled to begin the week of March 10, the ground needs to be properly mulched and the existing water irrigation system retrofit to be water-efficient. Please exercise caution near the work area. We thank the Community for their patience as this project nears its completion! For any questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.