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Sacramento to cut down more than 60 trees in Land Park

The City of Sacramento is cutting down dozens of trees at William Land Park that officials say can't be saved. Some trees were poorly placed and are not getting enough sunlight; others have diseases and the lack of water hasn't helped.

"Some of these trees have been struggling for a long time," Sacramento Urban Forester Joe Benassini said. "We've been trying to nurse them along, hoping they would recover -- but they're not doing so."

Some of the trees are coming down easily. Officials said getting rid of them now will remove a risk from the park.

"I feel safer just knowing that the trees that are here will be sturdy and good and I don't have to worry about the children," said Nancy Hopp, who often takes her grandsons to the park.

The trees that are cut down are being recycled. Some are turned into mulch that is used to protect tree roots from the sun and keeps the moisture from evaporating.

A total of 66 trees are getting removed, but the city said that's just a small dent for a park that has more than 2,000.

"Better to have three or four trees that are in good condition," Benassini said. "And not 10 trees that are crowding each other, and none of them are in good condition."

It will take the city a couple of weeks to complete the project.