Plea For The Trees
Help Us Save Our Trees
Plea For The Trees ® Louisville,KY 40205

© Mike Hayman
Plea For The Trees was organized to respond to the Louisville Regional Airport Authority's proposal to remove mature, valuable trees around the Bowman Field general aviation airport in Louisville, Kentucky.

In early December of 2011, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA) announced its plan, under the "Bowman Field Airport Area Safety Program," to pursue additional airspace protection from avigation* hazards around the four departure ends of the existing runways. According to the LRAA, federal standards require lowering the airspace that aircraft use in arriving or departing from the airport, which would cause hundreds, and possibly up to a thousand, mature and valuable trees from adjacent neighborhoods, businesses, golf courses, and Seneca Park, to become hazardous "obstructions" in that airspace that could need to be removed. 

This website is designed to explain the Bowman Field Safety Program proposal and what we know about the schedule; to explain the environmental study and historic property study required for the program; to identify the government agencies and people involved in making decisions (Decision Makers) about which trees and man-made objects pose a hazard to airspace and what options exist to address hazards; and to explain how you can be involved.

More about us: Plea For The Trees is an unincorporated group of residents, business owners, recreationists, tree lovers, and elected officials who are working to preserve, retain, and enhance the tree canopy around Bowman Field to support the quality of the environment, property values, wildlife habitat, personal enjoyment, and buffering from airplane exhaust and noise. (Email: 

Plea For The Trees seeks the continued safe co-existence of neighborhoods and the airport. We believe that acceptable solutions that will allow continued use of the Bowman Field Airport and respect the rights of neighboring landowners can be found in the Safety Program if all alternatives are fully explored and the public has meaningful opportunities to participate in the federally required studies.

*navigation of aircraft

All photos on this site are of trees that are threatened, or will be threatened in the future, by being in the proposed airspace.
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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

- Margaret Mead 

Majestic oaks on Valletta Road in Seneca Gardens threatened by Bowman Field's tree removal plan.
© Mike Hayman