The removal of trees on government property just outside of Cherry Point’s gate is expected to begin on Saturday.
Base officials had announced earlier this month the plan to remove trees that had grown so tall that they exceeded height restrictions of the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of the Navy.
According to a release, that work is scheduled to begin Saturday, weather permitting.
Trees are to be removed in four areas, the largest of which stretches from Fontana and Roosevelt boulevards toward Jaycee Street across from Havelock City Park. Two other areas include property along Fontana and Cunningham boulevards, while a third tract is located within Cherry Point just beyond the Cunningham Boulevard gate.
The work is being done as part of regulatory requirements to maintain safe clear zones around the base’s runways, according to a release.
Most of the trees in the area are pines, with some hardwoods mixed in.
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.
Over a period of a few years, debris is to be removed from the areas, leaving them as open grassland.