Work begins this week on a tree-removal project near the runway at Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport in downtown Columbia.
The project, funded chiefly by the Federal Aviation Administration, is the first and largest phase of a project to remove trees posing “a threat to the airspace surrounding the airport’s runway,” according to a county news release.
Contractor Cherokee Inc., a local firm, will be removing trees along railroad tracks and on land owned by Richland County. The airport is working to get easements from other individual property owners for future tree removal, the county said.