Bunya bunya tree saved
Lots of Sebastopudlians will be delighted to learn that engineers for The Barlow project have come up with a plan to save the Australian bunya bunya tree that makes CalTrans and city leaders happy.
The landmark tree, which may or may not have been planted by Luther Burbank, has stood at the east entrance to town for many decades but was in danger of the chainsaw. A new pedestrian crosswalk had to be built to accommodate the disabled. The first engineering plan called for cutting the tree down.
A majority of the people who responded to a Sebastopol Towns poll voted to save the tree. Of the 67 people who cast ballots, 91 percent were in favor making an effort to save the tree, and just 9 percent were resigned to its departure.
But among the townsfolk alarmed at the prospect of losing the bunya bunya (sacred to aboriginals, some declared), was Barney Aldridge, developer of the project. It so happens he loves the old tree. Aldridge sent his engineers back to the drawing board. So now the town can rejoice that the bunya bunya is saved and appreciate it even more in the future.