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