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Grant Aims to Replace Trees Damaged by Windstorms

A grant recently awarded to the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation should help replace more than 1,000 area trees lost in last year's windstorm.

La Verne’s Marshall Canyon Golf Course may soon be showing off some new trees thanks to a grant by the Fifth Supervisorial District Tree Planting Grant Program designed to help replace trees damaged by last year’s windstorms.

The project was awarded $76,000. That money will be used to plant trees at Marshall Canyon and at Altadena and Eaton Canyon golf courses.

“We are so grateful to Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for awarding this grant which will allow us to replace trees and remove stumps from trees lost during the windstorms last winter,” said Department Director Russ Guiney.  “The devastation was severe to these popular recreational destinations with more than 1,300 trees lost.  The damage to the Arboretum resulted in the garden remaining closed for several weeks.”

Several communities along the foothills in San Gabriel Valley were hard hit during windstorms that battered the area in late November, early December. Many residents lost electricity as strong winds brought down power lines.

The grant was actually awarded to the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation in the amount of $378,000. The department has given $77,000 to the Arboretum Tree Replacement Project, $99,000 to the Arcadia Park Tree Replacement Project, $89,000 to the Bonelli Park and Marshall Canyon Tree Farm Tree Replacement Project and $37,000 to the Santa Anita Golf Course Tree Replacement Project.

The department was one of 18 grant agencies to receive money from the Fifth Supervisorial District Tree Planting Grant Program, which is funded by the Safe Neighborhood Parks Propositions of 1992 and 1996. 

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