SLO residents shaming city for cutting down dozens of century-old trees

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Some residents in a San Luis Obispo neighborhood are shaming their city as dozens of century-old trees on a historic property are being torn down to make room for a new development. 

71 Palomar Avenue was built in the 1800's and served as the home of a Cal Poly fraternity for decades before being sold to a developer. The house is being moved to make way for the new housing projects, but crews are also cutting down dozens of old trees. Neighbors are not happy. 

"We're witnessing what we consider to be a travesty," said Alan Cooper, who lives nearby. The removal of 55 out of 59 mature trees (on this property) is unnecessary."

Friday afternoon a group of neighbors held up signs that read "Shame on SLO," to voice their displeasure over the city's decision to allow the trees to be removed. Neighbors say the trees serve as nests for several types of native bird species.

"This is really considered an urban forest, and it's been chopped to the ground," said Camille Small. 

We reached out to the City of San Luis Obispo for comment but they are closed for Veterans Day, and we have not heard back. The city's response will be added to this article once it is available.

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