"July 14, 2011 Barlow Road Tollgate Heritage Maple Tree Succumbs to Old Age Sandy, OR- A 130-year-old bigleaf maple, which marks the spot of the western-most tollgate of the historic Barlow Road, has substantial decay and poses a hazard to travelers on U.S. Highway 26 (Mt. Hood Highway). The tree is planned to be felled within the next three weeks. The decision to fall the tree is the result of close coordination between Mt. Hood National Forest, the Oregon Heritage Tree Program, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. ... The old bigleaf maple to be felled has several stems: a main stem, with a diameter of 25 inches, and three smaller 4- to 6-inch diameter stems growing from the base of the trunk. These three smaller stems, each about 25 feet tall, will be untouched by the project, while the decaying main stem will be reduced to a height of two to three feet."
Photo credit: USDA Forest Service, Region 6, State and Private Forestry, Forest Health Protection, Westside Forest Insect and Disease Service Center. Source: Kristen Chadwick collection; Sandy, Oregon.