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Woodburn official says city will replace compromised trees with healthy ones.

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - The city of Woodburn oversaw the removal of a number of damaged trees along Front Street during the first week in November. The trees are expected to be replaced with healthy ones.

The city of Woodburn removed a number of trees along Front Street last week, prompting questions from some area residents.

City spokesman Tommy Moore said the trees that were removed had been damaged during last February's ice storm, and the damage compromised their survival. Moreover, some of the trees were compromising the sidewalks as well, creating trip hazards.

All of the removed trees are expected to be replaced with healthy ones.

For further information, visit Woodburn city webpage.

County slates tree removals

Meanwhile, in an unrelated development, Marion County announced Nov. 8 that its recovery from the 2020 wildfires will enter a new phase this month with the assessment and removal of wildfire-damaged trees along county roads and rights-of-way.

Tree removal will be performed by K&E Excavating, headquartered in Salem, under a contract with the Debris Management Task Force managed by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Over the next few weeks, task force-contracted arborists will identify wildfire-damaged trees that are dead or dying and mark those trees with a blue dot. The health of each tree will be assessed, even those that may have been marked for removal during earlier tree assessments. Healthy trees will be left standing.

Tree removal will only occur within Marion County rights-of-way, in county parks and on private parcels that have opted into the state's hazard tree removal program. If you are a property owner who has not submitted a Marion County Right-of-Entry agreement for hazard tree removal, arborists will not enter upon your property and no trees will be removed from your property. The task force will be sending additional information about the hazard tree removal process directly to property owners who have opted into the program.

For information on wildfire recovery, visit the Marion County website, co.marion.or.us, and navigate to the public works emergency management pages.


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