Purpose of this Web Page
Torrey Pine Trees at Torrey Pines Reserve, Torrey Pines Golf Course and the general vicinity have been dying off at an alarming rate since about 2014. Although the official story is that drought and beetles are killing them, there has never been an analysis of the trees to confirm it. The purpose of this web page is to encourage authorities to conduct a legitimate analysis of the trees.
Why They Need to be Analyzed
We are told the die-off is caused by drought and beetles, but trees that were being watered on Torrey Pines Golf Course also died (picture 1 below). Those trees weren’t in a drought and didn’t have many beetles. And there is obvious fungal pathogen damage, unacknowledged by authorities, that is killing trees and probably attracting bark beetles. Picture #2 shows bark beetle damage while pictures #3, 4 and 5 show fungal pathogen damage. A sampling of the condensed fog that drips off tree needles measured an extremely high level of aluminum (picture #6), a metal toxic to pine trees, here. And a published peer reviewed paper with agreement from scientists worldwide, here, concluded UV radiation and aluminum poisoning weaken Torrey Pine trees and create conditions that attract fungus and beetles.
Petition: Ask California State Parks to Test Torrey Pine Trees for Aluminum Poisoning
- 2,000 signatures on this petition were sent to California State Parks on April 25, 2019, with copies to the San Diego Mayor, City Council Members, Torrey Pines Supervising Ranger, Docent Society President, Torrey Pines Association, local environmental professionals, academic institutions, and the media. There was no reply from any authority. Details of the petition delivery can be found here.
- The petition
- Petition picture
Peer-Reviewed Paper Published in Scientific Journal
- Previously Unrecognized Primary Factors in the Demise of Endangered Torrey Pines: A Microcosm of Global Forest Die-Offs. Herndon, Whiteside, and Williams, August 2018. This paper has gone through an extensive peer review process and has gained approval of scientists worldwide. It concludes that chemical poisoning, especially aluminum, and increasing UV radiation from covert geoengineering underlie the demise of Torrey Pines and global forest die-offs.
Presentation to San Diego Community Forest Advisory Board, 11/14/2018
- This presentation was recommended by the staff of S.D. Councilmember Barbara Bry. I showed the CFAB the unacknowledged fungal damage that is probably working in a symbiotic relation with beetles to kill the trees and asked them to investigate. And then I sent a follow-up email, with copies to “everybody”.
San Diego County Plant Pathology Lab analyses
In April 2018, I took them samples of diseased trees on 5 separate occasions. They couldn’t figure out what is causing the damage that looks like pitch canker disease. Here are their analyses: Analyses of samples 1-5, Emails to and from Ca. Dept. of Food and Agriculture
- Condensed fog analysis, 3/2018
- Needles pre-fog and post fog analyses, 10/2017 and 5/2018
- Combined needle and fog analyses
- Rainwater analysis, 5/24/2017
- Tree bark analysis, 4/9/2016
- pH readings, 2/2017
- Beetle trap picture and beetle picture
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- Top 10 Reasons why we can’t give Torrey Pine Trees a Lab Test
- Top 10 Reasons why we should give Torrey Pine Trees a Lab Test
- Coast News Article, 1/11/2019, see page 4
- Signature gathering for petition, Jan-Apr, 2019
- emails to local community officials, mostly fall 2018: Barbara Bry, Mayor Faulconer, Chief of Police Nisleit, Del Mar City Council, Encinitas City Council, La Jolla Town Council, Solana Beach City Council, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Carl DeMaio,
- Emails to environmental professionals, fall 2018: Ed Drobnicki, City Horticulturalist covering Torrey Pines Golf Course; Doug Gibson, Executive Director and Principal Scientist, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy; Jill Hamilton, consultant from North Dakota State University; California Native Plant Society; Richard Hillary, Soil Ecology and Restoration Group, SDSU; Kimberly Prather, Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, UCSD, Scripps Institute of Oceanography; Jeannie Gregory, Balboa Park Botanist; Tony Gurnoe, Horticultural Director, San Diego Botanic Garden; San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research; UCSD Biology Professors
- San Diego Union Tribune Letter to the Editor (edited version printed 9/4/18)
- The Liberty Beacon article, 9/2018
Communication with California State Parks (they won’t analyze the trees)
- 8/25/2015: my first email to State Parks, to the Supervising Ranger
- 6/1/2016: my post to Torrey Pines Docent Google Groups titled, “Might aluminum be hurting our trees?”
- 7/13/2016: my letter to State Parks Director
- 7/20/2016: incoming from Docent President saying go through Sup. Ranger
- 7/20/2016: my email to Sup Ranger. Ignored by Sup Ranger.
- 7/27/2016: incoming from State Parks saying go through Natural Resource Program Manager
- 7/27/2016: incoming transmittal email for above letter
- 8/8/2016: my email to State Parks Natural Resource Program Manager
- 8/19/2016: phone conversation with State Parks Natural Resource Program Manager responding to my 8/8/16 email. Good discussion.
- 11/4/2016: emails to and from State Parks Natural Resource Program Manager regarding soil stress test
- 8/1/2017: posted video on youtube “Torrey Pine Trees, Aluminum and Acid Fog“
- 8/1/2017: my email to State Parks informing them of the above video
- 9/5/2017: petition started, “Ask California State Parks to Test Torrey Pine Trees for Aluminum Poisoning“
- 9/6/2017: my email to State Parks and 30 docents informing them of the petition
- 9/7/2017: email from State Parks asking me to remove the petition and my response
Links to articles, studies and web pages regarding aluminum poisoning, pitch canker disease, the symbiotic relationship of fungus and beetles and UV radiation damage
- U.C. Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, Pitch Canker
- Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Pitch Canker Task Force, Signs and Symptoms
- EPA Report, “Ecological Soil Screening Level for Aluminum“
- “Environmental Effects of Aluminum” Study by Sparling and Lowe
- The sudden emergence of pathogenicity in insect-fungus symbioses threatens naive forest ecosystems, Hulcr & Dunn
- Bark Beetles, fungus and host interactions involved in the death of pines in Callifornia, Wood, David L., Western Forest Insect Work Conference
- Pitch canker caused by Fusarium circinatum – a growing threat to pine plantations and forests worldwide, Wingfield, Hammerbacher, Ganley, etc.
- Volatile organic compounds emitted by fungal associates of conifer bark beetles and their potential in bark beetle control, Kandasamy, Gershenzon, Hammerbacher
- Changes in metal mobility associated with bark beetle induced tree mortality, Mikkelson, KM, et al. (at torrey pines, metal mobility means acid fog putting aluminum into a form that can be absorbed into the tree)
- Ultraviolet radiation stress: molecular and physiological adaptations in trees, Singh S, Kumar P, et al.
- Fungi and insects associated with Euphorbia ingens die off in South Africa, Van der Linde, Six, Wingfield, Roux (primary cause of die-off is environmental stress that supports the ability of beetles and pathogens to establish)
- UV Radiation Index, (scroll down to California)
- Torrey Pine Demise , Whiteside, M., unpublished study paper in preparation for writing “Unrecognized Primary Factors in the Demise of Endangered Torrey Pines” (good)
- Science Fair Winner 2017, Torrey Pine needles attract moisture, pg 1, pg 2, pg 3
Consultant Efforts on Genetic Rescue
- Jill Hamilton web page, Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University
- Sierra Club Article, “Iconic and Almost Extinct.” 9/2017
- Jill Hamilton study, “Genetic Conservation and Management of the California Endemic, Torrey Pine” North Dakota State University, 8/2017
- Stephanie Steele web page, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
- TED talk on genetic rescue, good description of genetic rescue
- My concern about genetic rescue at Torrey Pines: It’s an advanced solution being pursued without first knowing the basics a lab test would provide. I fear it’s a predetermined solution and may lead to Monsanto assuming ownership of our trees. My understanding is that Monsanto will own trees that use their stress tolerance patent. We will then need to change our entrance sign to something like this.