RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A 30-foot Canary Island date palm plucked from the front yard of a Rancho Cordova home Tuesday will become the first in a row of 38 palms lining the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge.
La Gloria Way homeowner James Chin received approximately $3,000 for the front yard tree and a second, slightly shorter palm in the backyard-- and was happy to see them go.
"They were a headache," Chin said.
La Jolla-based West Coast Trees got the Caltrans contract to acquire the mature palms and has been scouting trees around Northern California.
"They make a broad statement," said company representative Dave McDaniel. "They're gorgeous, big and bold, just like the bridge over there."
Chin answered a craigslist ad last spring, but he and his neighbors only recently learned where the palms were headed.
"I think it's fantastic," said neighbor Donna Lisbon. "This is history and every time I cross the Bay Bridge now, I'm going to think about it."
West Coast Trees said it had already selected most of the palms for the Bay Bridge project, but is still looking for a few more.
Anyone with a mature, healthy Canary Island date palm is invited to send a picture of the tree to email@example.com.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net