Noise News for Week of February 2, 1997

Koala Bears Consume Sound Buffer in Los Angeles Neighborhood

PUBLICATION: Los Angeles Times
DATE: February 7, 1997
SECTION: Metro; Part B; Page 4; Zones Desk
BYLINE: Solomon Moore
DATELINE: Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Times reports that eucalyptus trees -- which provide a noise and pollution buffer between a major road and residents residents in Los Angeles -- will be cut by the Los Angeles Zoo, who owns the trees. The cut -- which will provide eucalyptus leaves for five koalas and encourage new growth -- was opposed by neighbors, one of which stood in front of the chainsaws to try and stop the zoo from cutting anymore than the 230 they have already cut.

The article notes that the zoo, which has imported eucalyptus from Florida at $50,000 per year wants to start using their own trees.

The article goes on to say that the trees substitute for a noise wall that the city has refused to erect. They also filter exhaust and add beauty to the neighborhood.

The article notes that the zoo will wait around eight months before they need to cut any more trees, and promise to talk with residents before doing so. Residents worry that damage to their property values has already been done since noise has increased and the highway is more visible.

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