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Tree Removal Planned for Sugar Land Regional Airport

(SUGAR LAND) - The Sugar Land Regional Airport will be removing trees from 6.7 acres of the 754-acre Cullinan Park to comply with a Federal Aviation Administration requirement to ensure public safety. The trees currently present a hazard for aircraft approaching and/or departing north of the runway.

The 6.7 acres was mostly empty when the city purchased the airport in 1990. Since that time, the acreage has been overtaken with non-native invasive trees such as Chinese Tallows and other fast-growing species.

The height of the trees has created dangerous conditions for aircraft approaching and/or departing north of the runway. The trees – mostly non-native invasive species -- will be removed from the 6.7 acres.

To ensure the 6.7 acres will continue to benefit community members visiting Cullinan Park, the airport intends to fund a natural visual barrier comprised of low-level plantings to obscure the view between the park and the airport. This project will be coordinated with the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department and the Cullinan Park Conservancy. No park or trail closures are anticipated as a result of this project.

The project will be funded by Sugar Land Regional Airport. The airport is a self-supporting business that does not utilize general fund tax dollars.

This project is unrelated to ongoing Cullinan Park improvements that will provide the community with additional walking and jogging opportunities in nature, while preserving existing native hardwood trees.


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