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Task force working on removing hazardous trees on Big Island

File photo of an albizia tree in Hawaii (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) File photo of an albizia tree in Hawaii (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A task force says it is working on eradicating albizia trees on the east side of Big Island within the next several weeks.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday that the Hawaii Island Albizia Task Force has planned four control projects costing $1 million.

Big Island Invasive Species Committee Manager Springer Kaye says the first project is nearly complete.

The first project targeted all albizia within 328 feet (100 meters) of a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) stretch of the Puainako Extension where the more 100 feet (30.5 meters) tall trees have caused significant traffic hazards.

Kaye says the remaining three projects will begin once arborists become available.

She expects those will take about four weeks to finish.

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