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The California Department of Transportation and its contractors are deploying a new tool to safely speed up the removal of dead, dying, and diseased trees throughout the state: Telescoping grappling saws.

[Above image via Caltrans.]

The agency said in a statement that such saws allows its crews and contractors to take trees down at a faster pace than traditional tree removal processes; completing that process with greater safely from the ground via remote control, well and outside the fall zone for trees being removed.

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