In Marin / CURRENTS
Local grocery stores are
giving back. KASIA PAWLOWSKA
In September, the name “Tiburon” was splashed across newspapers
throughout the country, and not for the usual upbeat reasons. This
time, the tony Marin town wasn’t being exalted as an example of the
healthiest or wealthiest — in a grim turn of events, it was the death of
two deer by gunshot that drew national attention. The man responsible
for the shooting is facing animal cruelty charges
and has admitted to firing at the mother and
baby after catching them eating his landscaping. At present, opinion on
the matter in the community is split. Many are aghast and heartbroken
over the slow death and suffering the animals under went. Others are
fed up with the animals’ foliage-destructive feeding and yet opposed
to installing unsightly deer fences. And some are considering far more
extreme measures, particularly a small group of Belvedere residents
who want to hire a company to dart-tranquilize and surgically sterilize
the female native black-tailed deer in the community. In light of these
circumstances, Marin Humane and WildCare have shared several
pieces of information. The organizations report that the deer popula-
tion in Belvedere has not grown, that the deer (sterilized or not) will continue to eat the vegetation they can
access, and that there’s nothing to prevent other deer turning up when the sterilized animals die. Want tips for
deterring deer? Check out our February story on the subject at marinmagazine.com/deer. K. P.
Marin is famed for its proliferation of
trees. Surprisingly, though, Marin hosts
only one native pine: bishop pine, characterized by strongly reflexed (turned
backwards) cones down its branches,
which reduces squirrel predation and
cone damage due to fire. In various
places where this pine species grows,
like Marin, legends, beliefs and folklore
surround the tree. Pine trees are thought
to symbolize peace, fertility and winter; many Native
Americans, including the Miowk, believed these stately
trees stood for wisdom and longevity, and they used
pines to treat respiratory conditions and for food
and canoe-building. Today pines are valuable timber
sources for construction; pine oil’s relaxing scent has
become popular in aromatherapy; and smaller grown
specimens are sold as Christmas trees. Besides being
volatile kindle for wildfires, pines have another less
desirable feature: needle drop. Stress from insufficient
water, pests and disease, or too much sun can cause
excess shedding. And while pines are sometimes
considered messy needle-litterers, they continue to be
a symbolic tree for Marin and for the holiday season.
All pine trees, native and nonnative,
provide windbreak, shade, coverage and
nutrient-dense seeds for birds and other
wildlife. KIER HOLMES
Most popular California native pines:
• Pinus muricata Bishop pine. The only
pine native to Marin. Grows to 40 feet.
• Pinus torreyana Torrey pine. The
rarest pine species in the U. S. Grows
between 25 and 150 feet.
• Pinus coulteri Coulter pine. It has the world’s heaviest pinecones, which weigh up to eight pounds each
(don’t camp under it!). Grows between 20 and 80 feet.
• Pinus attenuata Knobcone pine. This pine has its
cones right along the trunk in knobs instead of at the
branch ends like most pines. The cones persist for
so long that the tree can actually grow around them,
making it “the tree that swallows its cones.” Grows
between 30 and 80 feet.
• Pinus radiata Monterey pine. Fossil evidence
shows this pine existed in California 15 million years
ago. Also, small stock is used for Christmas trees.
Grows between 50 and 100 feet.
1GOOD EARTH SCHOOL SCRIP PROGRAM
Contact your child’s school to check if it’s already
participating in Good Earth’s Scrip Card Program
and request a card. Present the card each time you
make a purchase at Good Earth and they will give 3
percent of the value of every purchase back to your
2 MOLLIE STONE’S COMMUNIT Y CARD
Support up to three schools or nonprofits by
registering your Community Card with eScrip.
Automatically earn up to 5 percent for your causes
whether you shop online or in store. As of this
year, the program has raised over $400 million.
3 NUGGET MARKETS FIRE RELIEF
Nugget Markets’ associates have been working
with sister store Sonoma Market to deliver supplies and provisions in the impacted community.
To help support all those affected by the Northern
California fires, the markets are also accepting
donations in-store and will match funds up to
4 WHOLE FOODS 5% COMMUNIT Y
SUPPOR T DAY
Twice a year, a total of 5 percent of the day’s net
sales are donated to a local nonprofit organization.
Nonprofits that fall under specific categories can
apply to participate in this program; all customers
have to do is shop on the announced days (they
vary by store) to support their charity of choice.