Diseased trees on Red Soils Campus to be removed

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

Media and Interested Parties

Multiple trees on Clackamas County's Red Soils Campus in Oregon City are diseased and will be removed in the coming months. For every tree removed, the county will plant a replacement tree on campus. Wood harvested from the removed trees will benefit at-risk youth and seniors.

This past October, Clackamas County contracted with an arborist to inspect more than 30 trees on campus. Clackamas County Forester Andrew Dobmeier was present for all inspections. Together, they made recommendations for specific removals. 

Several pine and red alder trees were found to be infected with different types of beetle or a fungus, and several of those are dead. The removal of trees is slated to begin today.

A row of 17 pine trees, lining the east side of Beavercreek Road near its intersection of Warner Milne Road, is also set to be removed beginning next Wednesday, Jan. 13, weather permitting. The majority of these trees are not healthy. The work is estimated to be completed by the following Sunday, Jan. 17, at the latest.

Clackamas County has worked with Oregon City to obtain proper permitting. New trees to be planted — at least one replacement for every one removed — will be species that are less susceptible to disease and expected to stand for several decades.

The removed trees will be harvested for firewood, with two primary destinations:

  • Clackamas County Juvenile Department: This department will sell the firewood with proceeds supporting Green Corps, a project that provides at-risk youth with opportunities to grow. 
  • Milwaukie Center: The center will donate the firewood to needy seniors.

Other trees on the campus will be removed or inspected during the next several months.

For more information, members of the media or public may contact Public Affairs Manager Tim Heider at theider@clackamas.us or 503-742-5911.