Fighting to Save the Bird Fountain Oak

Our stirring story began a few weeks ago when a jogger stopped Ray Dashner and Barbara Dahn of the Arroyo Brigade and asked about an ominous notice  on a stately oak tree at the Bird Fountain located across from 460 S. Arroyo Blvd. in Pasadena.  Ray and Barbara, who have spent countless hours working as volunteers to care for the Arroyo, went to inspect the tree and decided that this was a tree worth saving.  They sent an email to city officials . . . 

But this is a story that tells itself.  The best way to follow it is to review the chronology of events. You can read the actual messages and documents.  It's a blow-by-blow account of a dramatic fight to save a grand tree and to maintain the natural charm of the Arroyo Seco.

This is the Bird Fountain Oak

Ray Dashner won't give up.

Here's what tree experts say about the Bird Fountain Oak:


The death sentence screwed into the tree. 

It's a graceful oak overlooking the Arroyo