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Pasadena Mulls Tree Removals at Norton Simon Museum for Planned Upgrades

The Museum’s replanting plan promises a net gain of one tree

Published on Monday, February 12, 2024 | 4:00 am

Pasadena’s Urban Forestry Advisory Committee is scheduled to weigh the proposed removal of 18 trees to facilitate planned property improvements at the Norton Simon Museum during the Committee’s Wednesday meeting.

While the Department of Public Works recommends approval, ensuring proper replanting efforts remains a key focal point.

The museum seeks to remove six Lemon-Scented Gum, four Canary Island Pine, and eight Tulip trees to accommodate various upgrades. These include constructing a new perimeter fence, widening the east driveway for safety and compliance, and improving drainage in the cafe courtyard.

The replanting plan includes the installation of new trees in strategic locations to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the museum’s property while also considering factors such as shade benefits, stormwater management, and overall landscape improvement. The proposed replacement tree species include Tipuana tipu (Tipu tree), known for its shade benefits and suitability for the local environment.

While the removal request adheres to Pasadena’s tree protection ordinance and replacement guidelines, public concerns may arise at the open meeting.

Residents are encouraged to voice their opinions.

The Museum’s replanting plan promises a net gain of one tree.

The meeting takes place on Wednesday, February 14th, at 6:00 p.m. at 233 W Mountain Street, 2nd Floor, Room 220, Pasadena, CA 91103. The full meeting agenda can be accessed here.

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