Helicopter hoists trees from park project in south Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. - A tandem-rotor helicopter started transporting trees from a forestry project on city-owned land in the South Hills of Eugene on Tuesday.

The 1962 Kawasaki Vertol owned by Columbia Helicopters started hoisting trees downed by a forestry crew around 7 a.m.

The trees were cut down on land known as South Eugene Meadows, part of the Ridgeline park system.

The City of Eugene acquired the land in 2011.

The forestry project is removing trees to restore the prairie and oak habitats on the site.

The City said removal of the trees will improve the habitat value for plants and wildlife; reduce the fire danger; and prepare the land for public use.

The land is closed to public access during the forestry project, which is expected to be complete in July.

The helicopter is expected to be done by June 14.

The project is funded by grants from the Bonneville Power Administration to improve wildlife habitat.

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