A new 25-foot-tall cedar will be planted after the death of the unofficial community Christmas tree in El Dorado Hills.
The new tree will be planted 10 a.m. Friday at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. While on senior center property, the tree was viewed as a community holiday touchstone at El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Lassen Lane.
Each Christmas season, the decorated tree was seen by motorists going in and out of the community near Highway 50. Firefighters each year decorated the unofficial community Christmas tree.
The 45-year-old, 35-foot-tall pine that formerly graced the senior center grounds died several months months ago. El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts fielded calls after the tree's demise from residents.
The El Dorado Hills Firefighters Foundation paid for the new tree. The El Dorado Hills Community Services District and El Dorado County will provide equipment and labor to plant the new tree, according to a fire department press release.
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