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Greening the aftermath of Occupy L.A.

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Hundreds of Occupy protesters gathered downtown LA for a march through the financial district

Occupy L.A.'s days are numbered. The city has said the encampment cannot continue indefinitely. Officials are negotiating with protesters about decamping in exchange for office space and farm land where they continue their efforts, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Regardless, whenever the protesters voluntarily decamp or are kicked off the City Hall lawn, they're going to leave behind some very dead grass. This has been one point of complaint for city officials.

Last month Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said, "Look, our lawn is dead, our sprinklers aren't working . . . our trees are without water."

In a Nov. 7 letter to the mayor, Jon Kirk Mukri, general manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks, detailed the damage done to the two-acre site, which has more than 80 trees and 100,000 square feet of landscaped land.