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Trees

When people think of Los Angeles they always picture Palm Trees. Palm Trees are an invasive species, but they are still an important part of Southern California's landscape. At KCET, we love all trees equally and have covered them extensively through the years. Learn all about the city's trees in politics, history, art, sports and even in the entertainment industry.
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Redwood logging in Vance Woods
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Lost LA

How L.A. Helped Decimate California's Old-Growth Redwood Forests

California cut down 95% of its original coast redwood forest – much of it to build Los Angeles.
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Lost LA

Witness to a Hanging: California's Haunted Trees

When a man dies hanging from a tree, is that tree an accessory to the act or a witness? The multiple second lives of the frontier "hang tree" reveal something unsettling about the Golden State.
A carriage passes beneath an oak tree in the middle of Pasadena's Orange Grove Avenue
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Lost LA

Why Did Oak Trees Once Grow in the Middle of Pasadena Intersections?

The unusual traffic hazards – the result of deliberate town planning – became local landmarks.
Descanso Gardens' Old Verdugo, an ancient oak that doubled as a survey marker
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Lost LA

These Boundary Trees Are Remnants of California's Lost Mexican-Era Ranchos

Ancient oaks and sycamores marked the boundaries of many Mexican-era rancho land grants.
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SoCal Connected

What Is Your Tree Canopy Cover?

Live in Los Angeles? If so, you can use this interactive map to determine how much tree canopy cover your city council district has.
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SoCal Connected

Why Urban Trees Solve So Many of Our Problems

Trees cover an estimated 20.9 million acres of urban land in the continental United States.
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SoCal Connected

CA Native Trees That are Easy on Your Water Bill

There’s nothing like going native if you want to minimize problems and reduce water use.
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Studying Urban Trees With Smartphones and Satellites

NASA provides data on the urban forest: it's your job to measure the trees.
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