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By Tom Ferrall
Staff Writer 

Fallbrook's Christmas tree comes down

Replacement tree to be in place by end of March

 

Last updated 3/5/2018 at 4:30pm

Shane Gibson photo

Roots are all that is left the day after county workers took down the 50-foot Monterey Pine that stood in front of the Fallbrook Community Center and served as Fallbrook's Christmas tree for the holiday tree lighting celebration. The dying tree was removed Feb. 20.

The Monterey Pine that stood in front of the Fallbrook Community Center for 36 years and served as Fallbrook's Christmas tree for the festive holiday tree lighting celebration was cut down by county workers Feb. 20 after it was deemed too sick to save.

"The tree was dying and was too sick to trim," said Jessica Geiszler, marketing manager for County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation. "We found from experts that any additional trauma to its branches or its trunk would have actually sped up its mortality."

Geiszler said the 50-foot tall tree – which was "four to six years old...



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