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From: Dylan Blaylock, Clackamas County Public & Government Affairs, 503-742-5917

05-09-17

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Trees being removed from Red Soils Campus

Many are diseased, dead from infestation

Multiple trees on Clackamas County’s Red Soils Campus are being removed. Many trees are dead or diseased as the result of insect infestation (pine beetle) or have other terminal conditions.

Removal began last week and is expected to be completed by the end of May. In total, 76 pine trees and 12 Red Alder trees will be removed. The trees are located along campus boundary lines and parking lots.

For every tree removed, the county will plant replacement trees on campus. Some replacements will be located in the same place soon after the removals, others will be planted elsewhere in the future.

Replacement varieties include Summer sprite linden, Japanese maple and dogwood. The new varieties are less susceptible to disease and are expected to stand for several decades.

This action is the second phase of the county’s diseased tree removal plan, which began early last year. Other phases will occur in the future.

Previously, Clackamas County contracted with an arborist to inspect trees on campus. County Forester Andrew Dobmeier inspected the trees as well. Each one made recommendations for specific removals.

The county has worked with Oregon City to obtain proper permitting.

For more information, members of the media or public may contact Community Relations Specialist Dylan Blaylock at 503-742-5917.

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