Motorists along Fontana Boulevard may notice log trucks entering the roadways near Cherry Point beginning this month as the air station starts clearing trees around its runways.
The work is being done as part of regulatory requirements to maintain safe clear zones around the airfield, according to a release from the base.
The work is to be conducted on government property outside the air station’s fence line on Fontana Boulevard near Cunningham Boulevard where tree heights have exceeded federally mandated restrictions, according to the release. The location was once the location of a housing area aboard the base that was demolished decades ago.
Most of the trees in the area are pines, with some hardwoods mixed in.
Over the years, other timber harvests have taken place to bring the base into compliance with airfield clearance guidelines, according to the release. Those guidelines are set by the Department of the Navy and the Federal Aviation Administration and cover everything from trees to buildings and power lines.
A few years ago, trees were cut just inside the fence line near the Pass and I.D. Building.
During the work, motorists may encounter logging trucks and logging equipment along Fontana and Cunningham boulevards, according to the release. The work is expected to take a few months, depending on weather.