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Tree Maintenance Needed at Future Site of Community Center at 53rd Avenue

Post Date:02/06/2019 3:22 pm
Trees along 53rd Avenue Community ParkThe City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department recently contracted with a professional arborist to assess the condition of all the trees on the west side of 53rd Avenue. Of the 594 trees the arborist evaluated, about 98 were found to be diseased and unsafe, and in need of removal.

The decision to remove the trees was not taken lightly. However, it's the right thing to do because of several conditions, including red ring rot, beetle infestation, significant structural defects, and overcrowding by smaller, thin understory trees.

The goals of the forest management activities are to ensure public safety and to improve the long-term health and sustainability of the remaining trees, which the City is required to maintain. Eventually, the forested area will have trails, plus interpretive learning and play areas throughout the space.

As part of the maintenance activities, crews will remove extensive poison oak plants that are located throughout the trees. Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department will use many of the removed non-diseased trees for habitat restoration at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.

Work is slated to begin in mid- to late February to stabilize the forested area before road and community center construction activities begin in the summer of 2019. The work will take about three weeks to complete, dependent on weather conditions.

For questions or concerns regarding the proposed forest management activities, please contact Jeroen Kok, Planning & Development Manager, Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department, 503-615-6531.

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