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Cut trees spur outrage

Neighbors decry tree cuts along MLK for house move

Mariah Summers • The Portland Tribune • June 30, 2008,

Nearly three blocks of street trees were removed from Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard this weekend to move a house from Northeast Broadway to Northeast Thompson.

Neighbors were upset by the removal of the trees and confused as to how the city could have permitted such action, especially given its commitment to sustainable development.

“I feel that the city should not have permitted this move,” said Michael Russell, a resident of the area. “We are a city that values ‘green’ themed agendas and cutting those trees down goes against our city’s value system and so much we have worked toward.”

According to the Portland Bureau of Development Services, which oversees the permits issued for home moves, the bureau received a permit from the Portland Department of Urban Forestry to remove all existing street trees in the area except for two.

Later, the department issued a subsequent permit to remove more trees, which the Bureau of Development Services said it was was not familiar when reached today.

The Department of Urban Forestry could not be reached for comment.

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PP&R Press Release

Portland City Council unanimously passes resolution on Mt. Tabor Central Maintenance Yard and Nursery: Press release from Portland Parks & Recreation, regarding Resolution passed by City Council.

Also posted on Linda Robinson’s Team4PortlandParks blog, with some good commentary.

City Council presentation and testimony

Video recording of presentation to Portland City Council (RealPlayer software required) for Resolution 39539. Testimony begins just after 1:13 into the video, you may want to skip ahead.

Also available:
agenda
transcript (coming soon – ?)