More than 100 cherry blossom trees to be removed from Tidal Basin

More than 100 cherry trees are set to be removed from the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., this spring. 

The National Park Service announced Wednesday about 140 cherry trees will be removed this May in order to construct a more secure sea wall around the Tidal Basin to protect the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. 

“Despite various repairs over the decades, the sea walls are no longer structurally sound and threaten visitor safety and the historic setting, including the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin,” the NPS said in a statement.

The trees will still be around for this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, which draws in more than a million visitors to Washington each year. The Tidal Basin is lined with nearly 3,800 cherry trees. 

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