Massive tree rescue at O.C. Great Park

IRVINE, Calif. 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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