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Greenway safety was first priority for tree removal

Driving on the freeway along the Bear Creek Greenway, it’s sad to see the number of trees damaged by the Almeda fire. I know the county is cutting down trees they consider problematic/dangerous, but I was curious what kind of criteria go into their decisions.

— Via email

Jackson County’s main concern along the Bear Creek Greenway was burned trees that were deemed “immediate hazards,” said Jackson County Parks Manager Steve Lambert.

Trees that were burned and leaning toward the trail were the first concern. That left some burned trees in place, which you can see. Those not deemed a safety hazard for people who walk, run or bike ride were typically left alone.

“We weren’t interested in every burned tree on the Greenway,” Lambert said. “There are thousands of them out there.”

Arborists from Bartlett Tree Service made the calls on which trees came down, Lambert said. Next is cleanup work, which will start this week, handled by a separate contract crew. Any down trees within about 50 feet of the path will be cut up and removed. The smaller ones will be chipped and spread on site.

“Anything that’s chippable will be chipped and dispersed right there,” Lambert said.

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