A comprehensive post-fire tree assessment was conducted by a team of certified arborists, who determined that the fire compromised the structural integrity of the eucalyptus trees. This made the trees unstable and prone to falling, so trees are being removed due to imminent safety concerns. The City of Irvine estimated the tree removal would take about two years due to the long, complicated process of removing the large eucalyptus trees. Tree removal efforts are ongoing, but once complete, Irvine Ranch Conservancy will begin rebuilding and rerouting the trails.
“This area is one of our most popular destinations for hikers because of the amazing views and unique surroundings. Our team is eager to fix up the trail so we can get the community back out there once again”, said Adam Maywhort, IRC’s Director of Planning and Infrastructure. We look forward to welcoming you back to Orchard Hills soon!
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