Los Angeles County officials plan to cut down 18 dead or dying street trees in Marina del Rey beginning Monday, Dec. 21.

Most of the trees being removed are rooted along Via Marina and Admiralty way, with several also in and around Burton Chace Park on Mindanao Way.

The trees that are coming out will be replaced with drought-tolerant varieties — some immediately and others within the next six months, L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors spokeswoman Carol Baker said.

During a recent evaluation of the area’s urban canopy, a county arborist found the 18 trees had been severely damaged by disease or were already dead — posing public safety risks that include falling limbs.

Department of Public Works officials believe anticipated El Niño storms could heighten those risks, and removals are happening now to avoid bird-nesting season.

Trees set for removal will be visibly marked in advance, Baker said.

For more information, contact Beaches and Harbors at (310) 305-4069 or info@bh.lacounty.gov.

— Gary Walker