By Mary O’KEEFE
Two 100-year-old oak trees were cut down in Crescenta Valley Park recently due to tree rot.
“The large branches caused a split [because of] rain water and debris,” said Imee Perius, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.
The trees had multiple trunks and the water damage occurred where the two trunks met. The county has strict regulations for cutting oak trees.
“We did seek and receive a permit from the County Fire Forestry Division to cut the two trees,” she said.
There are other trees the department is monitoring, however none were at the level of the diseased trees.
Witnesses at the park have voiced their concern that the water from the sprinkling system shoots water directly at the tree trunks. Perius is investigating how the sprinklers are aimed and whether they are damaging the trees.