OLYMPIA – July 9, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public on a tour to learn about forest-health thinning to take place within Seaquest State Park in the fall.
The tour is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Seaquest State Park, 3030 Spirit Lake Highway in Castle Rock. (Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/au0w7) Participants should park and meet at the group camp covered shelter. A Discover Pass will not be required for those attending the public information tour.
During the tour, staff from State Parks will provide an overview of the thinning harvest plan, including what trees will be removed, why the trees are being removed and what the agency hopes to accomplish. Following introductory remarks, staff and participants will walk to the area to be harvested. Walking distance will be one to three miles, depending on the interest of participants.
About 60 acres of forest are scheduled for variable-density thinning in the 475-acre park. The current stand of trees is a second growth monoculture plantation of mostly Douglas-fir about 15 to 18 inches in diameter and approximately 50 to 60 years old. Thinning is intended to create a more natural forest setting, improve the forest’s health, provide for greater biodiversity and enhance visitor experience.
Thinning is expected to begin in September. DNR will issue a bid for timber harvest contractors. State Parks expects to earn minimal to moderate income from the sale of the timber. The harvest is more of a prescription for forest health, rather than a revenue opportunity. Any revenue from the harvest will be reinvested in natural resource stewardship projects.
More details about when the thinning will take place and how it might affect visitors will be posted on the Seaquest State Park web page at: http://www.parks.wa.gov/581/Seaquest. For more information, contact Thomas Fisher, park ranger, 360-274-8633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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