Margaret Carrero

Eighteen Ficus Trees Saved from the Chainsaw in Hollywood

August 01, 2018 - 3:54 pm

(KNX 1070) -- Eighteen mature Ficus trees in Hollywood have been saved from the chainsaw -- at least for now. 

The Los Angeles Urban Forestry Division will remove 18 ficus trees on August 4 and 5, after receiving approval from the Board of Public Works Commissioners on a July 18 hearing. 

As the sidewalks have been made impassible by the trees' roots, the removal falls into a 30-year, $1.4 billion dollar plan to improve the city's sidewalks and comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Some residents have complained and asked the Urban Forestry Division to reaccess whether all the trees need be removed. 

Nick Greif, director of policy and legislation for Councilman David Ryu, of the 4th District, acknowledges the arguments of the residents that the trees lower temperatures and reduce air pollution, but the damage to the sidewalks appears to be too great to make them safely wheelchair access. 

The city will replace the ficus trees with 36 pink trumpet trees.