A bright orange “X” has popped up on trees in Elysian Park that are destined to be cut down after they have died or have been weakened as a result of drought and bugs. Jeanne Wyshak came across the “X”s on a recent walk through the western edge of the park that borders Elysian Heights and Echo Park. “I couldn’t bring myself to count the number of marked trees,” said Wyshak.
A member of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving the park, said about 10 trees will be cut down, according to early estimates. Some of the trees, which appear to be primarily pines, are dead and some show signs of being damaged inflicted by drought and the bark beetle.