Forest Management Activities at Future Site of Community Center at 53rd Avenue
Public Notice - Forest Management Activities
Future site of the Community Center at 53rd Avenue Community Park
The Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department is planning to undertake forest management activities in the stand of evergreen trees located on the west side of 53rd Avenue, across the street from the developed park. The forest management activities are necessary to promote long-term health of the trees stand, minimize hazardous conditions and remove dead and dying trees from the site to protect the public.
The City contracted with a professional arborist to assess the condition of the trees on the site. Of the 594 trees evaluated, approximately 98 trees will need to be removed from the site due to a variety of conditions. The decision to remove these trees is not taken lightly. At this location, the following conditions are driving removal: Red ring rot, beetle infestation, significant structural defects, dead or dying trees, and overcrowding by smaller thin understory trees with low foliage density. The goal is to improve the long-term health and sustainability of the remaining tree stand, which will eventually have trails, interpretive learning and play areas throughout the forested area. The forest management activities will also include removal of extensive poison oak plants located throughout the trees. Many of the non-diseased trees that are removed will be used for habitat restoration at the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.
Work is slated to begin in mid to late February to stabilize the forested area before the start of road and community center construction activities starting in the summer of 2019. Forest management activities are expected to be completed within approximately three weeks, dependent on weather conditions at the time.
For questions or concerns regarding the proposed forest management activities, please contact Jeroen Kok, Planning & Development Manager, Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department, 503-615-6531.