Workers from the Bow Hill Mill began the process of removing nearly 500 trees from the area south of the Blaine airport this week, ending an effort that began, according to some sources, well over a decade ago. “It was underway when I joined the airport board in 1999,” said Blaine airport commission chairman Doug Fenton.
The bulk of the timber is 50-year-old 120 to 140-foot Douglas firs planted by Albert Evans as a windbreak around his farmhouse on the east end of Fern Avenue. Evans planted a lot of trees, according to family members, so his wife Anna could sell the timber if necessary if she outlived him. Evans died in 1972, and his wife died about 10 years later.
trees were never cut and have since encroached well into
the landing and take-off path for aircraft landing to
the north and departing to the south, something pilots
are encouraged to do to minimize noise and keep traffic
away from more densely populated areas.
The work is expected to be completed this week.