PORTLAND Mt. Tabor residents are fighting to save a beloved tree from the chopping block.
The 60-foot-tall walnut tree has likely been part of the neighborhood since the 1870s. But a developer who wants to put in three new row houses is threatening to chop it down.
A group of neighbors are banding together to try and save the tree. They say it s integral to the neighborhood.
I ve been on the heritage tree committee for 15 years, said Kevin Hillery, neighbor and arborist. [The tree has] the most amount of wood of any deciduous tree that I can think of in Portland.
The neighbors said they aren t fighting the development. They say they just want the tree saved.
The tree is gorgeous, said neighbor Jean Janzy. We really don t want it to go.
Nearby resident Michael van Kleek joked that he was going to hire people to sit in the tree.
It s the centerpiece of the neighborhood, he said.
When KGW contacted the developer, he declined to comment.
So far, the neighbors have gotten a temporary hold to keep the tree from being torn down. They also plan to talk about the tree at next week s city council meeting.
But for now, the tree s long-term future is uncertain.
KGW Reporter Erica Heartquist contributed to this report.