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City Approves Zoo Permit to Destroy Oaks – SKP Files Appeal

Red-Xed-TreeDespite our letter of objections that we submitted 6-23-2015 during public comment period, plus over 600 emails from the community asking for permit denial, the Oakland Tree Services division has approved the Zoo’s application to cut down 55 protected Coast live oaks and risk damage to an additional 424 protected trees “within 10 feet of construction” to make way for its planned “California Trail” exhibit in the upper highlands of western Knowland Park. Continue Reading →

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Update: Letter of Protest over Oakland Zoo’s Plan to Destroy Park’s Trees

One of the doomed trees

One of the doomed trees

Wow. THANK YOU to everyone who sent in a letter to the Tree Services Division to protest the Oakland Zoo’s permit application to cut down over 50 protected oak trees in the heart of Knowland Park.

Over 600 letters (and additional phone calls) were sent to the Tree Reviewer by the June 23 deadline, with copies to the Mayor, City Council, and Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (PRAC).

Here’s the letter we sent to Tree Services with our objections and questions. Continue Reading →

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Protest Destruction of Knowland Park’s Protected Oak Trees

RedTag-3The Oakland Zoo has applied for a permit to cut down 57 California live oaks and other native trees in the heart of Knowland Park. This is the public notice. Red tags are now attached to trees that would be destroyed.

Click here to protest the “tree removal” permit application. Or send your own letter to gluster@oaklandnet.com or by postal mail to Tree Services Division, 7101 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, CA 94621.

Deadline for public comments is Tues, June 23.

Please help save these protected trees from the chainsaw!

Click NOW to send your objection, then share the link

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REFERENDUM Campaign – The Results!


A little less than a month ago, the Friends of Knowland Park launched a referendum campaign to overturn a City Council ordinance that took away 53 acres of the heart of Knowland Park from public access forever.

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Referendum: Let the People of Oakland Decide How Their Public Parkland Is Used!


These poster images above were created by young artist Kaley Bales inspired by Knowland Park.

Friends of Knowland Park held a press conference at Oakland City Hall Tuesday, December 16 to kick off a 30-day referendum petition drive. The group seeks a public vote on whether to reverse a recent City Council decision that paved the way for a controversial Oakland Zoo expansion above the ridge in the heart of Knowland Park. Click here to see video.

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