ORE. (Jan. 30, 2014) – Airport Way Tree Thinning Planned
crews will begin thinning trees Monday along Northeast Airport Way near
Portland International Airport to promote overall tree health.
roadway signs will advise motorists of single lane closures at times on Airport
Way, but no major delays are expected.
14 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 later adopted as
part of Airport Futures, the integrated, long-range development plan for PDX.
week-long work will complete a three-year tree thinning project, and remove
approximately four percent of the more than 1,600 trees located primarily in
the median of Airport Way between I-205 and Northeast 82nd Avenue. In
consultation with certified arborists, annual tree population evaluations are
planned to determine any future tree thinning needs at PDX.
the years, the Port of Portland has helped plant about 1,500 trees to support
the urban canopy through annual contributions to Friends of Trees.