LA Residents Upset About the Cutting of 400 Trees to Transport NASA Shuttle Endeavour
September 4, 2012 8:07 PM
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Space shuttle Endeavour
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the California Science Center are still moving forward with the transport
It looks like the California Science Center is
barking up the wrong tree
with its latest project -- cutting down 400 trees to transport NASA space shuttle Endeavour.
, which served nearly 30 years in NASA's space shuttle program and completed 25 missions, was retired in 2011 along with the other two members of the program -- Discovery and Atlantis. All three are now being put on display, where Discovery was sent to the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia and Atlantis was sent to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Now, Endeavour will soon be heading to
its final resting place
, but there's just one problem (actually, more like 400 problems): about 400 trees will have to cut down in order to transport Endeavour to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. It's approximately a 12-mile trip from the Los Angeles airport to the California Science Center, where power lines and traffic will have to be addressed as well.
But LA residents aren't upset about possible traffic and power issues during the transport; they're more concerned with the cutting down of 400 tall, old trees. According to some local residents, it would take much too long for the trees to grow back to the point they're at now.
"They are cutting down these really big, majestic trees," said Lark Galloway-Gilliam, a local resident. "It will be beyond my lifetime before they will be tall like this again."
However, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the California Science Center don't plan to let 400 trees stop them from having the historic piece of space history on display in their city. The California Science Center even offered to replant twice as many trees in the path that they're cutting.
LA residents countered that cutting the trees isn't only a bad environmental move, but it will also reduce home values in the area.
Endeavour will ultimately make its way to the California Science Center on October 12.
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Types of Trees Being Cut Down
9/5/2012 10:58:08 PM
One of the things that's rarely talked about is the types of trees and foliage being removed from this area. It's primarily Ficus and Carob trees that line the area. Both are not very good for the area or the streets that Endeavor will be traveling down. Ficus is extremely damaging to streets and is known to cause more damage to public roads and sidewalks more than any other. They are also highly toxic to dogs and cats. Carob are also not very good either and require a lot of water and have been known to cause damage to vehicles when the pods on their branches become to heavy and crack off.
While the city isn't exactly getting the best press for this issue, they are looking to plant more traffic and pedestrian friendly foliage and cut down on water cost associated with these plants. Endeavor is really just a reason to hasten a project that would probably have gone through in the next decade either way.
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