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Tinkham Road closed to public during tree thinning

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
February 17, 2010 2:48 pm

The U.S. Forest Service has closed Tinkham Road (Forest Service Road 5500) at milepost .5 for logging 8 a.m. Mondays through noon Fridays until mid-March.

Tinkham Road parallels the south side of Interstate 90 from exit 42 to 47. The road will open for traffic Fridays at noon through Sunday and holidays. Hikers can still reach Asahel Curtis and McClellan Butte trailheads.

“Tinkham Road is narrow with limited turnarounds. The area is not safe for public access with timber equipment that includes a loader, yarder, log decks and skyline cables,” Jim Franzel, Snoqualmie District Ranger for the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, said in a news release.

Access to some recreation sites may require backtracking from Exit 47, rather than ascending up the South Fork valley from Exit 42, the release said. After the thinning on the south side of I-90 is complete, harvest operations will move in late spring and summer to the north side of I-90.

The Forest Service is thinning 350 acres of western hemlock, Douglas fir and western red cedar, cutting trees 60 to 80 years old to improve the growth and health of those remaining according to Franzel.

Call Snoqualmie Ranger District for updates at 425-888-1421, or stop by the office at 902 S.E. North Bend Way, North Bend, Wash., 98045. Or for updated information about trails and roadsclick here, go to alerts and conditions.

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