BELFAST – City officials say the taller trees are in violation of the Federal Aviation Administration’s safety requirements, and need to be removed for safety purposes.
“One of the most important projects that we’re working on right now is dealing with obstructions in our air spaces. That’s a potential obstacle to safety and accessibility at Belfast Airport so we’re going through a process where we’re getting our permits revised so we can actually remove vegetation that is affecting those air spaces as well as eventually acquiring some easements to get the rights on private property to remove vegetation going forward.” Thomas Kittredge, Airport Manager, Belfast Municipal Airport, Belfast
The owners of the private properties near the airport are mostly farmers and feel the removal of the trees could seriously impact their businesses.
“We’ve developed our farm on this land and we serve the community and we enjoy having the opportunity to grow local organic produce and we want to be able to maintain that and we want this to be approached with community planning.” Anne Hallee, Owner of Rising Up Farm, Belfast
City officials stress the tree removal needs to happen to ensure the safety of those flying in and out of the airport. They say they will replant a new tree for each tree that is removed.
The town has filed a permit with the department of environmental protection and is awaiting action from that agency before proceeding.