Updated: Port of Seattle is set to chop down nearly 3,000 trees; other officials say the plan isn't well thought-out
By Gwen Davis
Nearly 3,000 trees around SeaTac Airport will be cut down, in an effort to create for more viewing space for pilots who are landing planes.
The Port of Seattle decided that this tree-cutting effort, dubbed the Flight Corridor Safety Program, would span three years.
"Removal of the obstructions will ensure the Airport complies with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for airport operators to protect flight operations into and out of the airport and assure that objects obstructing aircraft approach and departure areas are removed," stated the Port's State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) in July.
"The Flight Corridor Safety Program is planned to be accomplished in three phases and will remove a total of approximately 2,750 trees over the next three years ending in 2019," the act continued. "Phase 1, expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016, will include the removal of obstructions on Port-owned properties, Phase 2 will include the removal of obstructions on commercial and public properties, and Phase 3 will include the removal of obstructions on private properties."