Contact: Steve Johnson 503.415.6591


PORTLAND, ORE. (Jan. 30, 2014) – Airport Way Tree Thinning Planned

Maintenance crews will begin thinning trees Monday along Northeast Airport Way near Portland International Airport to promote overall tree health.

Electronic roadway signs will advise motorists of single lane closures at times on Airport Way, but no major delays are expected.

About 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.

The 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.

Over 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.

Contact: Steve Johnson 503.415.6591

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