Clackamas County announced that it has been working with an arborist and obtaining the required permits from Oregon City to remove, starting Wednesday, Jan. 6, multiple trees on the county’s Red Soils Campus.

The announcement came on the heels of the Oregon City School District illegally cutting trees in the city, hiring a contractor without a city buisness license and removing trees without consulting an arborist.

For every tree removed, the county is planning to plant at least one replacement tree on campus. New trees will be species that are less susceptible to disease and that Clackamas County Forester Andrew Dobmeier expects to stand for several decades.

This past October, Clackamas County contracted with an arborist to inspect more than 30 trees on campus. Dobmeier and the arborist 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.

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 Wednesday, Jan. 13, weather permitting. The majority of these trees are not healthy, Dobmeier and the arborist determined. The work is estimated to be completed by the following Sunday, Jan. 17, at the latest.

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

Wood harvested from the removed trees will benefit at-risk youth and seniors. The Milwaukie Center will donate the firewood to needy seniors, and the Clackamas County Juvenile Department will sell the firewood with proceeds supporting Green Corps, a project that provides at-risk youth with opportunities to grow.

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