FOREST HEALTH PROJECT BEGINS AT FORT STEVENS STATE PARK

WARRENTON, Ore — A forest health and fire safety project at Fort Stevens State Park begins Jan. 7 and continues through March. No closures are expected other than Burma Road, a remote emergency access road.

Crews will remove sick and dying trees in the mostly undeveloped south section of the park along Burma Road. The area contains some primitive hiking and biking trails.

“Our goal is to help the native trees, such as hemlock and spruce, grow into a healthy, mature forest,” said park manager Justin Parker.

He said the project will also help protect the park from wildfire by creating a gap in vegetation that would help slow or stop a fire.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD)  hired Warrenton-based Custom Excavating to remove the sick trees, at a cost of $7,500.

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