Trees blocking iconic Portland white stag

The Portland, Oregon White Stag sign on May 10, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
The Portland, Oregon White Stag sign on May 10, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Visiting from British Columbia, Erica Ladner stopped near the west end of the Burnside Bridge for pictures in front of the old White Stag Portland, Oregon sign.

The only problem is most of the sign couldn’t be seen from where she and her friend stopped. The trees lining Naito Parkway are now so tall they obscure a good portion of the sign.

Displaying Canadian common sense, Ladner said, “All you have to do is prune it. It’ll be happy. You can prune it about 20 feet and the first year it’ll probably be a little stubby but after that I’m sure it’ll fill in. Trees, they just want to grow.”

Spike Friedman complained to the city in writing about why two or three trees can’t be trimmed back so everyone gets a clear view of one of the city’s most prominent landmarks.

“Here we have an iconic sign that represents us,” he told KOIN 6 News. “Now we have thousands of trees in the city.”

Others agree with him.

In this April 13, 2008 file photo made from video, the made in Oregon sign is shown in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
In this April 13, 2008 file photo made from video, the made in Oregon sign is shown in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Denise Twiggs was trying to take a picture for a graduation announcement using the Portland sign in the background. But she couldn’t see it from Naito Parkway and had to get right under it to avoid having tree branches ruining the view.

“It would be nice if they could trim the trees so we could see the sign a little better,” she said.

She thinks people should be able to see a landmark as prominent as this.

“Especially all the money put into the sign and all the controversy over it,” she said, “you might as well be able to see it.”

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