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February 2, 2017 Port of Seattle begins removal of 3000 trees near airport despite public outcry
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By Gwen Davis

It has begun: the Port of Seattle started cutting down trees. Nearly 3,000 trees will be removed from SeaTac and surrounding areas by 2018.

During this first phase of the project, the Port will cut trees on Port of Seattle property only. It will last until March 1. Replanting efforts — made up of dwarf tree specifies and shrubs — will begin shortly thereafter.

The tree-cutting is part of the Port’s “Flight Corridor Safety Program”, which is to ensure that planes land safely. The Port says that if the trees are not removed, the Port could be fined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the airport can be shutdown.

On Wednesday evening, the Port of Seattle hosted another open house at SeaTac Community Center to inform residents about current and future plans. About 85 people attended. As in previous open houses, booths were set up throughout the facility, featuring large diagrams and charts. Port staffers manned each station to answer people’s questions.

The Port also launched an online version of the open house.

Visit: http://seasafecorridor.infocommunity.org/ and provide your input.

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