Swallows return to Capistrano, and trees return to South LA. More than 400 trees were removed from the greenery-starved streets to make way for the space shuttle Endeavour's trip from LAX to the California Science Center last year, to the dismay of locals who enjoy things like shade and nature. In response to the outcry, the CSC promised to replace the trees at a rate of four new trees for every one removed in some neighborhoods, and that's just what they're doing now according to NBC LA. All told, more than 1,000 10 to 14 foot tall trees are being planted, at a cost of $2 million to the CSC, which is also kicking in two years of tree maintenance. "Within five years the communities along the route will have an even greener, more beautiful tree canopy and better environmental health," they say. Work along the Inglewood portion of the route is almost done, with King Palms, Tulip Trees, Chinese Flame Trees, Pine Tree, Southern Magnolia and Water Gum newly planted. Work will continue along the rest of the route once LA city officials decide what trees they'd like planted.
· Trees Return Along Shuttle Endeavour's Route to Science Center [NBC4]
· Big Tree Concessions Made For Space Shuttle Endeavour's Trip [Curbed LA]