Making room for healthier trees at Silver Falls (2012)
You might see trees marked with blue paint on your next visit to Silver Falls State Park. Why? They are marked for removal so the remaining trees can grow into healthy and mature stands that can resist disease and stay strong in wild weather.
Park staff are marking trees now that will come out this winter. About 50 acres of dense, Douglas-fir stands will be thinned near the South Falls day-use area. The trees were planted too close together about 70 years ago, and now are crowded, weak and more vulnerable to storm damage and bark beetle infestations.
If you want to learn more, park rangers are leading weekly guided hikes through the area to show why the trees need to be removed. Check the event calendar for dates and times.
The work should be finished by spring, 2013. Any revenue from timber sales will go directly to natural resource projects in parks.
Silver Falls State Park (park info, driving directions and map)