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Posted on: February 9, 2021

FOREST THINNING TO BEGIN FEBRUARY 15

The Larry Scott Trailhead County Park wil be closed for forest thinning, but the trail and parking lot will remain open. Areas to be closed during harvest will be marked with signs and flagging. It’s located at Cape George Rd, west to Sand Rd, and south to the  Larry Scott Trailhead.

Selected forests in the County Gravel Pit area on Cape George Road also will be closed temporarily for forest health improvement thinning harvests.  All work will be within county property boundaries.

This project is part of Jefferson County’s Sustainable Forest Management Program and developed by Chickadee Forestry LLC.

According to Malloree Weinheimer of Chickadee Forestry, these forests are overstocked and lack diversity in tree species and ages, which increases risk of fire, disease, and mortality in the forest. 

“The purpose of this project is to decrease risk of fire, remove the most unhealthy trees, and increase spacing between trees to give them and the forest understory plants more access to sunlight and nutrients,” Weinheimer said. “The healthiest, most diverse trees will be left to continue to grow in a more natural environment.”

The properties are expected to be closed for about a month. 

For more information, please contact Jefferson County Central Services Director, Mark McCauley at (360) 385-9130 

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