A rare volunteer opportunity to learn a great deal about the outdoors and do a great deal to preserve it.
From Siuslaw National Forest:
Mary’s Peak, that rises over 4,000 feet above the coastal range, is a very special place. But over the years, it has been quite loved to death and is in need of some fully-informed and researched tender loving care.
Therefore, the Forest Service and Marys Peak Alliance invite the public to learn more about upcoming meadow restoration project on Marys Peak during a field trip at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, leaving from the main parking lot/day-use area. Attendees will hear from Forest Service staff and Alliance experts to understand why the Marys Peak meadows are in need of restoration and what visitors can expect after the work is completed.
Because of a variety of factors, including past and present human activities, trees have begun to grow into the meadows on Marys Peak. Not only do these trees impact the scenic view, but they’re also changing the ecology of the meadows, which are a rare and important ecosystem in the Oregon Coast Range.
After research by scientists and several years of planning, along with much public input, the Forest Service will be removing trees in September and October to restore open meadows and scenic vistas. This effort is aimed at re-establishing meadows in this unique and special place, improving visitors’ experiences on the peak with expanded scenic vistas, and also putting people to work to accomplish the restoration objectives.
“Marys Peak is a special place that requires special care. We’re excited that the meadow restoration project is getting underway and are pleased to be joining the Marys Peak Alliance to share information about this important work,” said Jerry Ingersoll, Siuslaw National Forest supervisor.
After a brief welcome, attendees will take a short walk around the meadows to hear presentations on a variety of topics related to the restoration project. Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for wind and cooler temperatures up on the peak. The field trip will last about 1.5 hours.
Additional Forest-related information can be found at www.twitter.com/siuslawNF and www.facebook.com/DiscoverSiuslawNF