- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is planning to cut down trees that are encroaching on meadowland at Marys Peak.

Timber company Georgia Pacific is paying over $175,000 to harvest about 3,000 trees Tuesday in the popular recreation area east of Corvallis, the Statesman Journal reported (https://stjr.nl/1KutP0p).

Retired Siuslaw National Forest ecologist Cindy McCain is a member of the Corvallis-based Marys Peak Alliance who says noble fir reduce meadowland by about a half meter each year. The tree growth has fractured what was a single meadow in 1948, impacting habitat and views.

Five years of studying the issue led the federal agency to collaborate with the Marys Peak Alliance to remove the trees.

“As we dug into it, we realized that the trees were invading at such a clip that if we didn’t do something soon, it would be really difficult to keep the meadows here in the future,” McCain said. “…it was coming from all sides, closing in rapidly.”

Work will cause periodic closures of camps, trails and roads.

“I think it will take an education and outreach effort on our part,” Siuslaw National Forest public information officer Lisa Romano said. “But we’re excited about this project and what it will mean for Marys Peak in the future.”


Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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