Ballona Institute Publication 10 October 2014


Santa Monica Native Trees at Oak Lodge on 16th Street in 1944

Robert Jan "Roy" van de Hoek, President
Ballona Institute
Los Angeles, California 90293
roy@naturespeace.org
İOctober 10, 2014

Introduction
          What happened to the native trees at Oak Lodge on 16th Street in Santa Monica, California? Seventy years ago in 1944, a scientist-naturalist and environmental educator named George Hastings self-published a book entitled TREES OF SANTA MONICA. He discussed 6 California native trees that occurred at Oak Lodge on 16th Street between Washington and California. Twelve years later in 1956, he wrote a second edition of TREES OF SANTA MONICA, but these 6 native trees on 16th Street were gone. In fact, one of these trees, the native Douglas Fir of California was noted by George Hastings in 1956 as extirpated (locally extinct) in Santa Monica.
          Ongoing research may reveal what happened to Oak Lodge and the 6 native trees found there on 16th Street. Presented below are 6 excerpts from TREES OF SANTA MONICA by George Hastings of 1944, which lists the 6 species of native trees that occurred at Oak Lodge on 16th Street. On October 10, 2014, during my inspection of 16th Street between the cross streets of California and Washington, I did not find these 6 species: White Alder, Torrey Pine, Douglas Fir, California Black Oak, Valley Oak, and Laurel Sumac.
Six Native Trees at Oak Lodge: Excerpts by George Hastings in 1944
White Alder - Alnus rhombifolia Nutt.: ..... Grounds of Oak Lodge on 16th Street.

Torrey Pine - Pinus torreyana Parry: ..... Oak Lodge on 16th Street.

Douglas Fir - Pseudotsuga douglasi Carr.: ..... Rarely grown here. Oak Lodge, 16th Street between Washington and California.

California Black Oak- Quercus kelloggi Newb.: ..... Rarely cultivated. A small tree at Oak Lodge, 16th Street between Washington and California.

Valley Oak - Quercus lobata Nee.: ..... Oak Lodge, 16th Street near Washington.

Laurel Sumac - Rhus laurina Nutt.: ..... 16th Street between Washington and California, Oak Lodge.


Conclusion
          George Hastings (1875-1964) was an incredible scientist and naturalist who studied trees and birds. He generously shared his knowledge of nature with the public. He was born on October 10, which is the date that I investigated 16th Street and wrote this report. Grace Heintz acknowledged George Hastings in her 1976 book, TREES OF SANTA MONICA. Interestingly, the City of Santa Monica dedicated a plaque to both George Hastings and Grace Heintz in Palisades Park. Since the city of Santa Monica honored Grace and George and they both lamented the loss of trees in Santa Monica, one wonders why the City is not replanting these 6 trees in various locations in Santa Monica?