Trees around Gravelly Point that encroach upon the flight paths of Regan National Airport will be pruned or removed, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. About 40 trees are set to be removed and another 82 pruned.
The trees interfere with a number of approach routes for the planes. They are on CSX train and National Park Service properties.
“The greatest impact to NPS resources will be the loss of the small grove of trees by the entrance to Gravelly Point. Where removal is needed, we will work with NPS to replant native species of trees that will help to maintain the park’s cultural landscape and natural amenities for visitor enjoyment,” MWAA said in a release.
Richard Golinowski, the manager of airport operations, said the airport is working with the park service to replace the trees, when possible, using native species to the region.
"They [NPS] want to keep them sort of low-growing" yet have trees tall enough to provide some shade, Golinowski said, adding, both sides want to avoid this problem in the future, if possible.
Work should begin in early September, though MWAA still needs to get permits for the work. The project should last about four weeks.