A less shady L.A. River

Photo by Rio Optos

What were crews doing cutting down mature trees on the L.A. River bottom near Los Feliz Boulevard? That’s the question a frequent cyclist, who prefers to be known as Rio Optos, is asking after observing workers chopping down mature trees on Thursday afternoon:

In spite of calls from many to make the L.A. River bottom a more natural environment, a DoD/Army Corps of Engineers contractor was busy Thursday removing fully grown trees in the river stretch north of Los Feliz Blvd. Why these trees needed to be removed is unknown.

Two of the trees had already been chopped down by the time the above photo was taken and another “appeared
to be headed for the same fate.:


  1. I noticed that yesterday, too. I wondered if it might have anything to do with the bridge that’s going in right about there.


    • That seems like a really good guess. There are many other river bottom areas near here that have trees, you wonder what else would make these particular ones candidates for removal.

    • Seems right. Although “the river stretch north of Los Feliz Blvd” isn’t descriptive enough of a location to be sure.

  2. I feel bad whenever I see bird and animal habitat being destroyed.

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