Pacific Plans Tree Replacement Along Pacific Avenue

Pacific University will begin a process next week to replace trees along Pacific Avenue between Cedar Street and College Way.

The tree replacement is part of the university’s master plan, approved by the City of Forest Grove, which includes a new street tree management plan. Trees on Pacific’s Forest Grove Campus are regularly evaluated by a certified arborist to assess their health and safety.

The cherry trees along Pacific Avenue have reached their end of life, according to the arborist’s report. This determination is based on factors including signs of decay, damage of more than 20 percent, disease, pest infestation, injury, lack of vigor, or little chance of recovery.

Tree removal will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 21. There will be no parking in the area during the removal.

This fall, during the optimum planting season, all the trees will be replaced by black tupelo trees, which have greenish-white blooms that yield small, bluish-black fruit eaten by many species of birds and mammals and provide stunning fall color with many shades of yellow, orange, bright red, purple and scarlet.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019