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Marys Peak recreation areas closed as meadow restoration work begins

Vistas from Marys Peak Wikipedia Commons

Vistas from Marys Peak
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Corvallis – After a two-week equipment delay, contractors began work on Wednesday to restore meadows on Marys Peak, a popular recreation area west of Corvallis. Trails, day-use areas and the campground on Marys Peak are closed to the public through November as crews attempt to complete work before snow begins falling on the peak.

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.

In order to get the work done safely, it is necessary to keep visitors out of the way of heavy logging equipment, as well as falling trees, broken tree limbs, debris and more that can accumulate while the work is being done. By respecting the 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. When the trails and day use areas reopen, visitors will enjoy vistas restored to their historic range.

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 to identify which areas are open or closed.

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