By Associated Press - Friday, September 22, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Skinner Butte is getting a trim.

The Register-Guard reports ( ) that work crews have been clearing away invasive plants from three sides of the Eugene landmark, trying to reduce fire danger and improve wildlife habitat.

During the next three to four weeks, the thinning of brush and small trees will expand to parts of 11 acres.

The butte tops out at 682 feet above sea level. It rises about 240 feet above the surrounding neighborhood.

City officials plan to leave the north side untouched by thinning. It faces the Willamette River and is covered by evergreen trees.

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