PORTLAND, ORE. (Feb.
10, 2012) – Airport Way Tree Thinning Planned
crews will begin thinning trees Monday along Northeast Airport Way near
Portland International Airport to promote overall tree health.
years ago, the trees were planted densely to immediately achieve visually
pleasing landscaping for airport travelers. With that density came the
long-range need to thin the trees, which are now root bound and more
susceptible to disease. The thinning will also better align the landscaping
with the wildlife hazard management plan standards that were recently adopted
as part of Airport Futures, the integrated, long-range development plan for
the next three weeks, crews will remove approximately 15 percent of the more
than 1,600 trees located primarily in the median of Airport Way between I-205
and Northeast 82nd Avenue. Electronic roadway signs will advise motorists of
single lane closures at times on Airport Way, but no major delays are expected
thinning is anticipated on airport property during the next few years in an
effort to continue to promote overall tree health, and align with landscaping
standards. Over the years, the Port of Portland has helped plant 1,000 trees to
support the urban canopy through annual contributions to Friends of Trees.