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Portland to remove invasive trees from public space

December 20, 2020 GMT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city is removing invasive trees from one of its public spaces to restore views of the Fore River.

Portland is taking away the Norway maple trees from Western Promenade. The removal of the trees will also allow more room for a future play space and community garden, city officials said.

City officials said future improvements to the area will include planting new native trees and landscaping. The views of the Fore River have been obscured by the Norway maple trees for decades, officials said.

The work will leave native red oak and black cherry trees once the Norway maples are gone, officials said.