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Tree Huggers: Residents Rally to Save Century-Old Moreton Bay Fig

A Moreton Bay Fig tree (Photo by denisetaylor☼ via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Residents of La Crescenta are rallying 'round a 100-year-old Moreton Bay Fig tree they don't want to see destroyed when a mixed-use retail and office building goes in on Foothill Boulevard [map], reports the Glendale News-Press. Experts and admirers of the tree claim the planned excavation on the lot will cause irreparable damage to the historic tree's root system, and many are miffed the new building's arrival didn't involve the community's input. But the law didn't call for that with this endeavor, and, further, it's no friend of the trees: "The officials said potential harm to the tree could not be taken into account since there are no laws protecting Fig trees.

Property owner Gevorg Voskanian has heard the concerns, and says they'll consult an arborist and do what they can for the tree. Mike Lawler, president of the Historical Society of Crescenta Valley, is skeptical; he pointed out that "Voskanian had previously ignored community concerns when he demolished the oldest home in Montrose in 2008."