OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Mother nature proved to be too strong for 38 trees on the state Capitol campus.
And that number could climb.
A nubmer of trees on the campus were damaged by January's ice storm. Tuesday afternoon, crews hired by the state chopped down four cherry trees planted in 1976 to celebrate the nation's bicentennial. Monday, they cut down a 119-year-old beech tree in Sylvester Park.
"This is the saddest thing ever!" said Kathryn Blake.
Blake grew up in Olympia and said she remembered walking by the tree for years.
"I just think we should have done something to save it," said Blake.
The Department of Enterprise Services said the damaged trees posed a risk to safety and could not be saved. Experts will determine if more trees need to be removed.
The City of Olympia has hired crews to remove 12 trees from Legion Way near downtown.
Those trees were part of 120 planted in 1928 to honor veterans from World War I.