When eight to twelve inches of snow fell on Portland on the evening of January 10, trees and branches throughout the city suffered damage. On the Reed College campus, a 50-inch-diameter northern red oak tree uprooted, crashing to the earth near the entrance on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. The oak damaged three nearby trees during its descent, and two other trees were lost in the Reed College Canyon.
Reed College Public Information Officer Kevin Myers reported, "Since the campus was closed at the time, there were no injuries. However, our Grounds Crew came in and did a magnificent job of cleanup to make the campus safe. The oak tree took out a Japanese flowering cherry tree and an American sweet gum, but we plan to replace them with other trees indigenous to the area."
Myers reflected, "At Reed, we're careful to maintain the forest canopy. For example, the bridge over the Reed Canyon was created in a serpentine design to avoid removing trees. But for every tree that is removed, we generally plant three in replacement."
Canyon Restoration Manager Zac Perry revealed that the two trees lost in the canyon were a Douglas fir and a big leaf maple.
By January 20, Arbor Pro Tree Experts were on hand to finish the cleanup. Kris with Arbor Pro commented, "Some of the salvaged wood will be used for firewood, but the larger pieces will be milled and retained by the College."
Reed's Zac Perry explained, "We plan to turn the wood into tables and benches that will be installed on campus."
As the cleanup progressed, students and passers-by marveled at the huge fallen trunks and branches that had given way to the power of the heavy snowstorm.