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150 aging trees coming down at Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Nearly 150 aging, dead or diseased Monterey pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park are being taken down in the next few months.

Park officials tell the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/11Yhi4i ) the trees are a danger to the 13 million people who visit the 1,017-acre park each year. The trees are 80 to 100 years old.

A woman was killed in 2008 when a branch fell on her car, crushing her as she loaded her dog into her Subaru.

Three people were hurt when a branch fell on them last year.

Park officials say falling trees or branches have damaged 61 cars since 2008.

Some 3,000 park trees have been examined since 2011 and nearly 360 were deemed unsafe.

More than 200 have already come down.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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