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Marys Peak meadow restoration, closures delayed until Sept. 22

Nearing the summit of Marys Peak

Nearing the summit of Marys Peak

Marys Peak meadow restoration, closures delayed until Sept. 22

Corvallis, OR – Visitors to Marys Peak have a little more time to enjoy the trails and day-use areas before an upcoming restoration project begins. Siuslaw National Forest officials were informed today that equipment delays will postpone the start of a project to restore the meadow ecology atop the popular recreation area.

The Marys Peak Meadow Restoration Project is designed to restore vistas and open meadow habitat to historic levels within the ecologically significant botanical area. Due to a variety of factors, including past and present human activities on the peak, trees had begun to grow into the meadows. 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.

Connor’s Camp, the East Ridge Trail and Forest Road 2005 will be closed when work begins Tuesday, Sept. 22. On Thursday, Sept. 24, Forest Road 3010 will be closed at the Mile Post 5.5 gate past Connor’s Camp, preventing access to the top of Marys Peak. Other area trails (including the North Ridge Trail from Woods Creek) will be closed starting Sept. 24 until restoration work is completed.

By respecting closures, individuals will ensure their own safety, the safety of the workers, and will allow the project to proceed as quickly and efficiently as possible. For more information on this project, visit http://go.usa.gov/3eZGF. To check on the status of Marys Peak closures, visit www.fs.usda.gov/siuslaw, which will be updated as areas reopen

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