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Root rot leads to closures at two state parks

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm with No Comments »
May 10, 2013 2:05 pm

Root rot is forcing the state Parks and Recreation Commission to temporarily close the day-use parking area of Squak Mountain State Park in Issaquah and all of Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island.

Those areas will remain closed while diseased trees are being removed.

Here is the rest of the news release:

Forest health issues have been identified in both parks. Native tree pathogens, primarily laminated root rot, are attacking Douglas-fir trees in developed areas of both parks. The disease, which affects the roots and lower stems of certain conifer tree species, has the potential to cause healthy-looking trees to fall without warning.

Spencer Spit State Park will close on Sunday and is expected to be closed for the week of May 13. The day-use parking area of Squak Mountain State Park is expected to be closed until late summer or early fall. A public meeting and tour is expected to be held in late spring to explain the Squak Mountain project and seek public comment. Details of the meeting/tour will be released once the date is scheduled.

Spencer Spit State Park is a 138-acre marine and camping park situated on Lopez Island in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The park is named for the lagoon-enclosing sand spit on which it rests.

Squak Mountain State Park is a 1,545-acre, day-use park just outside of Issaquah and a short 15-minute drive from Seattle. The forested park features miles of trails in wilderness solitude for both equestrians and hikers alike.

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