Century-old oaks may make way — for silt

Protesters are trying to keep L.A. County from clearing an 11-acre grove near Arcadia to spread debris dredged from a reservoir. On a southern-facing slope of the San Gabriel Mountains, Glen Owens strode through the dappled sunlight of century-old oaks and sycamores that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works wants to replace with muck dredged from a nearby reservoir.

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Century-old oaks may make way — for silt