PARKLAND, FL - Beginning in late March 2018, FPL will be removing and replacing Australian pines, an invasive tree species to Florida, on U.S. 441/State Road 7 from Hillsboro Boulevard to Holmberg Road because they are too close to recently upgraded power poles, FPL announced.  Trees like these are some of the leading causes of power outages, the company said.

FPL will replace the Australian pines by planting Sabal Palms, Gumbo Limbo trees, and shrubs that are native to Florida at a further distance from the lines, FPL said.

FPL said, "The visual barrier to U.S. 441/State Road 7 will be temporarily reduced when the Australian pines are removed, but the replacement trees and shrubs will restore it--while increasing safety and minimizing power loss to your home."

According to FPL, the project will be complete in May.