Packed house attends Port of Seattle meeting on Flight Corridor Program



Photos courtesy Nancy Tosta

On Tuesday night, Nov. 1, the Port of Seattle held a Community Meeting and Open House on its proposed Flight Corridor Safety Program, which is intended to remove around 3,000 trees at and around Sea-Tac Airport.

Well over 100 people attended the event, which was held at Bow Lake Elementary School in SeaTac.

In addition to the overflowing crowd of concerned citizens, Port Commissioners present included Tom Albro, John Creighton, Courtney Gregoire and Fred Felleman.

The port had various display stations with details about the project, its connection with FAA regulations, as well as the intention to plant new trees and shrubs.

Port representatives were at each display, answering questions from interested – and often passionate – attendees.

A public comment section allowed residents to speak their minds, oftentimes with passion.

The program plans to roll out this program in three phases based on location, as follows:

  • 2016 – Phase 1: Port properties (estimated 1,200 trees)
  • 2017 – Phase 2: Publicly-owned properties (est. 1,400 with 1,200 on WSDOT property, many for future Hwy 509)
  • 2018 – Phase 3: Residential properties (est. 180), commercial properties (est. 200)

More than 4,000 native, low-height trees will be planted by the Port in the first phase of the three year program to replace approximately 1,200 trees on Port property.

Overall, the program has identified approximately 2,800 trees to be removed in the three phases based on location:

  • 1,200 trees on Port property
  • 1,400 on publicly owned or commercial properties (about 1,200 on Washington State Department of Transportation property, many on land set aside for future Hwy 509 expansion)
  • An estimated 180 trees on residential properties. Trees on residential properties will not be affected until 2018. Each resident will be contacted and offered a number of alternatives to choose from to best meet their needs.


For more information and Frequently Asked Questions on the program, visit the project webpage here or visit

“Thanks to the Port for holding the meeting,” Burien Councilmember Nancy Tosta said. “Port says FAA requires tree removal in the name of safety, but most residents are skeptical and believe it is part of an ongoing pattern of airport expansion that degrades neighborhoods. Tell the Port your thoughts!”

If you have questions or thoughts about this program, you are encouraged to email the Port at [email protected].


3 Responses to “Packed house attends Port of Seattle meeting on Flight Corridor Program”
  1. BirchCreek says:

    Skepticism raises it’s ugly head – just remember the 3rd Runway! We were told it would not be used except in case of need. Seems that is every 15 minutes in the evenings for those of us in Des Moines. I suggest that our neighboring communities take any infromation from the post authority with a grain of skeptical salt.

  2. RedondoRick says:

    Cutting down roughly 3,000 trees is just the tip of the iceberg. Anyone that lives within 10 mile radius of Sea-Tac Airport, must Google “NextGen Air Transportation System” to get the real picture. You owe it to yourself to get this information as it will effect all of us, and our quality of life in Southern King County.

    Write to your City Manager, City Council, and to the Port of Seattle. Telling them your feelings on what effects it will have on you and your family. Get involved, tell your neighbors and friends about this new technology, that’s taking over the country. Read what effects it’s already has brought on to other communities. We need to stop this now!

    Volumes speak loudly, thank you…Rr

    • BirchCreek says:

      I have an idea! Let’s take as our example the other civic demonstrators in the Seattle area. We can march into the port meetings, scream, yell and take over the meetings! It works in the Seattle City Council meetings and King County Council meetings!
      Doesn’t it seem to work that those who scream the loudest win and get things thier way???

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