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Pages of History: Men topping tallest trees

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, November 1969.

Residents in the Hiouchi area the past two weeks may have been surprised to see some men high in the tops of some of the tallest trees in the world.

A new state department branch known as the “Tree Hazard Program” has been formed and a crew has been working at Jedediah Smith State Park in Del Norte County.

The purpose of this program is to send recently hired men around to different parks to remove all dead or broken branches, cut down trees that could fall on some unsuspecting camper, or top trees that are unsafe. This program is so new that it only had its beginnings Sept. 10, when the first man arrived in Sacramento to form a crew of three others to begin this type of work.

Jedediah Smith is the fourth park that they have worked in, having previously been in Tahoe, Jack London and Sugar Loaf state parks.

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