Historic trees that fell victim to El Niño get new life

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ENCINITAS, Calif. – Some volunteers are turning a devastating loss for the San Diego Botanic Garden into a meaningful gain.

The San Diego Botanic Garden is still recovering from the intense El Niño storm that hit the area in late January. Strong winds knocked down thousands of trees around San Diego County, including several historic trees in the garden.

Mother Nature took down a group of historic Torrey Pines, some dating back to the early 1910s.  It was a crushing blow causing significant damage throughout the garden.

Bill Toone of the Eco-Life Foundation is donating both his time and portable mill to give those old, knocked down trees new life. He and other volunteers are using the lumber to restore the Larabee House and the rest will be used for mulch and firewood.

The project is expected to take about a year.