Which trees will be removed for the Burke Gilman construction?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
from the Electronic Town Crier

The City of Lake Forest Park and King County have agreed on a three-phased process for the identification of trees to be removed and retained.

The first phase began on January 19. The King County and the City arborists walked the trail and conducted a preliminary assessment of the trees to be removed and retained during the redevelopment of the trail. This assessment identified 12 trees that can likely be retained that were originally slated for removal. Three significant trees were identified that were not shown on the plans that need to be removed. Various other trees need to be revisited during the final walk once the limits of construction have been staked.

Phase two is the citizen trail walk. After the construction limits are marked, interested citizens are invited to join a trail walk with the Planning Department personnel and the City arborist and to review the marked up plans for retention and removal. Citizens who have indicated interest in the tree walk will be notified. The walk will most likely occur in mid-March. If you are interested in joining the walk, please contact City staff. steve@cityoflfp.com.

The last phase is a final tree walk by King County and City arborists that will occur after the citizen trail walk. Final decisions on trees that needed to be revisited will be made at this time.

Planning Staff will notify interested citizens when the marked-up tree retention/removal plans will be available for review. After that notification, the plans will be available at the Planning Department Counter from 9 am to 1 pm Monday through Thursday or by appointment.


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