During a Thursday morning ceremony that marked the La Cañada Flintridge’s observance of Arbor Day, local officials planted an oak tree at the Lanterman House to replace one that fell there during a heavy weekend storm last month
Though just over 10 feet tall, the new tree is of the same California live oak species as the 60-foot heritage oak that came crashing down onto the property’s parking lot on March 19. The fallen oak had predated the Lanterman House, built in 1915, by decades, said Executive Director Melissa Patton.
City Councilman Donald Voss, who led the ceremony, said it was important to maintain the type of oaks that are native to the property and the city as a whole.
“The Lanterman House is the very definition of historical preservation in La Cañada Flintridge. That implies tradition, and in this case it implies planting an oak tree,” he said.
The event also served a dual purpose of renewing for a 23rd year La Cañada’s recognition by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA.