SFPUC considers new plan to save 'Granny' tree

MENLO PARK, Calif.

The 100-foot heritage oak tree, nicknamed "Granny" is standing in the way of a new water pipeline, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

The utility moved in last May to cut the giant oak down, but neighbors and activists staged a protest, urging the SFPUC to consider other alternatives.

The latest plan is to tunnel under the tree and find someone to maintain both the tree and the two acres surrounding it.

A meeting is scheduled later this week to consider the matter.

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