Whether as many as 300 old-growth trees in Matanuska River Park are removed or have the tops lobbed off is to be the subject of an upcoming study as the City of Palmer hunts for ways to protect its airport runway access while also luring the operators of larger aircraft onto its flightline.
Currently, the Palmer city-owned airport has an about 6,000-foot northern runway with about 5,500 usable feet. That’s because about 500-feet of the current area is blocked by the ever-increasing height of cottonwood trees in the Borough-owned park.
That runway currently provides just enough length to operate larger aircraft, such as the U.S. Forest Service’s Convair 580, used
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