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County may save four trees

The county may be able to save two – and maybe four trees – from the county’s chain saws, as the Highway 12 sidewalks and streetlights project along the Highway 12 corridor from Boyes Boulevard to Agua Caliente Road, prepares for construction.

Originally, a contractor was supposed to start felling 76 trees and shrubs, including 20 large oaks and a huge eucalyptus along the corridor last week, but the cutting was put on hold while a walkthrough was conducted last Friday.

First District Supervisor Susan Gorin invited biologist Caitlin Cornwall and Will Pier to accompany her and some county employees, including Tom O’Kane, deputy Public Works director, to look at some of the condemned trees and explain why they were slated for cutting.

The county wants to get the cutting started soon before nesting season for birds begins. If the trees aren’t felled by the start of nesting season, it would put at least a six-month halt to a project that has already been on hold for almost two years.

While the group was walking the highway, one resident, Patty Moore, came out of her house imploring, “Don’t stop the sidewalks. I fear for my life. I’m on board for more tree planting, but please don’t stop the sidewalks.”

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