Google recently purchased 40 acres of land near its proposed second headquarters in California to farm trees for the upcoming campus.
On Tuesday, CNBC reported (via San Jose Mercury News) that Google recently purchased 40 acres of land in Silicon Valley, not for offices or data centers, but instead for trees.
The area cost the company $2.1 million and, according to a spokesperson talking to CNBC, the "intent is to use the property as a tree farm to produce foliage for its existing and new campuses."
This project will complement the development of Google's second headquarters in San Jose which is expected to span 6 million square feet, or just under 140 acres, and house 20,000 employees. Current residents in the area have expressed concern about the company's expansion -- whose plans will be finalized at the end of this year -- negatively affecting the already incredibly limited housing supply.
Reserving a space for nature-oriented endeavors could potentially soften the blow, as the surrounding community will benefit from the natural side effects of being located near a foliage farm.
Back in 2017 when Apple was purchasing trees for their Cupertino headquarters, it was made clear how stiff the tree-buying competition is in the state; in fact, CNBC described the competition as "cutthroat." Therefore, Google growing their own trees would prevent the construction of their campuses from causing a tree crisis in the state like Apple's campus previously did.