A lot of trees had to come down in order to do the landscape renovation we had planned. We are making a much wider parking area, a turn around, and raising the big dip in the driveway. It was sad to see the trees come down, but we have a LOT of trees. Once they are down - we don't miss them. In fact, we welcome the sunnier area that results!
Furthermore, the trees put our property at a greater risk if there should be another wildfire in the neighborhood (there have been two here since we moved here 11 years ago). Two neighbors lost their homes in wildfires.
It is pretty dramatic to see them being removed and piled up high, though!