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Massive tree rescue at O.C. Great Park

June 11, 2009 5:33:31 AM PDT
A tree rescue of massive proportions got under way Wednesday in south Orange County.Crews removed the first five of nearly 600 elm trees from construction sites at the Great Park in Irvine and the Lennar Corporation, and replanted them in a lawn area near the Great Park Balloon.

Hydraulic cranes were brought in to lift the 40-year-old trees, each weighing between 9 and 15 tons, and heavy duty trailers transported them to their new home. The Orange County Great Park Corporation says the five elms are now planted near a fire station on the old El Toro Marine Air Base.

This is said to be the largest tree rescue of its kind in the country.

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