The trees around the College Park airport were trimmed or topped in 2014, but they had grown sufficiently so as to once again encroach on the airport’s approach and departure safety areas. This was noted at the most recent Annual Inspection of the airport the State agency Maryland Aviation Administration- MAA.

In addition, trees bordering those areas, not previously a problem, had grown so as to require trimming. M-NCPPC and the MAA have been negotiating on the extent of the project and have finalized the project’s scope.

College Park Airport performed a study based on a reference given by a tree service expert and concluded that trees at College Park Airport and on properties near the airport are an obstruction to air navigation. The airport said they will work with the community and with Beswick Tree Service to ensure trees that are an existing airport hazard do not grow any higher and remove permanently damaged trees by hiring an expert in professional tree services that offers tree removal and trimming. Websites like https://www.gabestreeservice.com/stump-grinding/ also offer services that can help get rid of tree stumps in your property.

The representatives from the M-NCPPC / the Airport will be at this week’s meeting. They include Stephen Edgin, College Park Assistant Airport Manager, Chanda Washington, Division Chief Public Affairs, Laura Connelly, Acting Park Planning Supervisor, Rae Wallace, NHRD Outreach and Communications Coordinator Lee Sommer of College Park Airport Manager. The representatives will brief the City Council about the tree trimming and tree replanting program around the College Park Airport.

The Park and Planning provide freedom of transit in air commerce at College Park Airport, use of air space for transportation, and protect the lives and property of those on the ground. In order to uphold this, they must stay in accordance with the law. State law requires that a landowner in the flight path of an airport maintain tree(s) that are obstructions to air navigation.Code of Maryland Regulations 11.03.05.03 states:
WHAT DOES THE LAW TELL US?
“A person may not allow trees to grow to such a height as to be an airport hazard or allow trees that are an existing airport hazard to grow any higher.”