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Neighbors were dismayed to see the trees come down, but the church said it was done for safety

DAVID F. ASHTON - While many were saddened that these majestic cedar trees had to be removed, the neighbors no longer need worry that a weighty limb will fall on their vehicle - or on themselves. An Eastmoreland neighbor's concern about massive cedar trees being cut down at Holy Family Catholic Church prompted a visit by THE BEE to the campus on April 8.

Sure enough, Asplundh Tree Company crews were dismantling trees along S.E. Rex Street, on the southern edge of the church's property.

"For the past seven years, since I have been here at Holy Family, we have made multiple efforts to preserve the trees – working together with the City of Portland and Portland General Electric to preserve them – but now, no viable pruning options remain to preserve them," explained the church's pastor, Fr. Rodel de Mesa.

"The two trees are, and continue to be, in structural decline. Every year, large branches fall from the trees, posing a danger to the people and property near them. Just recently, a few cars were damaged when a large branch fell from one of the trees.

"We are grateful that no one was hurt when the last large branch fell, because no one was nearby when it happened," continued Fr. Rodel. "We are sad that they have to go, but we are also relieved that we can end the danger posed by these two dying cedar trees to people and properties around them.

"We will be planting two new street trees in their place, and in their memory," concluded Fr. Rodel.


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