Portland eyes tree protection

Posted March 14, 2009, at 5:34 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s largest city has developed a management plan to protect its trees.

Drawing partially on federal grant money, Portland hired a forester for $3,000 to take stock of four city forests containing around 150 acres, about half of its public woodlands.

The forester’s plan says the city should take a more active management role by cutting some trees to protect the oldest ones and promote new growth. Without maintenance, the plan says, Portland would lose a link to a pre-urbanized landscape that earned it the nickname “Forest City.”

Recommendations will be submitted to the city’s Land Bank Commission next month.

The management plan focuses on the Evergreen Cemetery woods and Mayor Baxter Woods, as well as Pine Grove Park and Baxter Pines.