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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- There are about 60 fewer trees on the state Capitol grounds.
The trees were removed last week to make way for construction equipment involved in the 200 (m) million dollar renovation project that just got under way. The project includes the installation of earthquake-proofing equipment under the 88-year-old building.
Executive director of the project David Hart says residents and others started calling them immediately after they started chopping down the trees. The organization "Tree Utah" says they were also caught off guard.
Hart admits he should have informed the public about the tree removal. But he says he has since sent out E-mails and says 264 cherry trees and 100 other trees will be planted in place of the trees they removed.
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