Residents trying to save two redwood trees from being cut down

RIO BRAVO, Calif. - Several residents in the Rio Bravo area are desperately trying to save two coastal redwoods from being cut down.

Resident say the Rio Bravo Homeowners Association wants the trees cut down because they are causing problems with a septic tank on the property.

Jim Hudgins called 23ABC after the board met Thursday night and voted to cut them down.

"These are beautiful trees, they've been here for 30 years and are over 65 feet tall. They add shade and beauty to our area. It's not like the board doesn't have any other options," said Hudgins.

The option he's referring to, is for the board to elect to remove the septic tank and put it under the driveway of the home.

"A few years ago, during construction of a new home, they were going to cut down another redwood tree to make room for a different septic tank. But the board decided to put the septic tank under the driveway instead and save the tree," said Hudgins.

Hudgins and a group of neighbors have expressed their concerns to the board, but so far the board says their mind is made up.

In an effort to gain support, the residents contacted the Tree Foundation of Kern who came out and inspected the trees.

"These are two beautiful healthy sequoias. It just seems ridiculous to cut them down when there are other options available," said Melissa Iger from the Tree Foundation of Kern.

Residents say the board got bids for tree removal. One estimate was $1,600, and the other was $8,000.

"It would cost about $4,000 to remove the septic tank and put it under the driveway," said Hudgins.

The Homeowner's Association said they have not made a final decision but will consider all of the options before any action is taken.

Additionally, the Tree Foundation says that removing the trees could have negative environmental impacts.

"Every hardwood tree stores carbons. These trees are 30 years old, which means they've been taking in and storing carbons from our dirty air for 30 years. As soon as you cut them, all that carbon goes back into our atmosphere," said Iger.

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