By DEIRDRE McCROHAN
A group of Reed Heights and Tiburon Knolls neighborhood property owners is offering to pay the town of Tiburon $30,000 or more to remove a stand of 16 heritage blue gum eucalyptus and 20 pine trees on McKegney Knoll along Old Rail Trail.
Ron Hurwin of Tenaya Court wasn't on the Tiburon Town Council's June 1 meeting agenda, but he used public open time to submit a letter on behalf of his neighborhood arguing that the non-native trees on McKegney Knoll have an "overbearing presence" and are crowding out the coast live oaks and other native tree species.
Cutting down the trees would also open views of Richardson Bay, Sausalito and even the Golden Gate Bridge for neighborhood residents.
Hurwin insisted that restoration of views would be a secondary benefit of removing the trees, but is not the primary motive behind the campaign.
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