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GreenTeam gets slim go-ahead to plant tree at Blackie’s grave site

The Tiburon Peninsula GreenTeam can move forward with a plan to plant an oak tree that could grow to 50 feet tall near the grave site of Blackie’s Pasture’s namesake horse.

The project earned a slim majority of support with a 3-2 vote from the Parks, Open Space and Trails Commission at its Jan. 17 meeting. Commissioners Isaac Nikfar and Angela McInerney cast the dissenting votes, saying they didn’t think the GreenTeam had demonstrated there was enough public support for the tree.

Town Manager Greg Chanis said after the meeting that the parks commission’s decision will not need to go to the council for final approval.

The all-volunteer GreenTeam, a group led by resident Jim Wood that beautifies the town’s public spaces, will add the tree near the white picket fence and flower garden memorializing Blackie at the northeast end of the park. The tree will be 7 feet when planted and could grow to up to 50 feet at maturity, though Wood said that would take decades.

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