News Release 13-018
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Sandy Mealing: (360) 902-8559
Rob Fimbel: (360) 902-8592
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388
Spencer Spit and Squak Mountain state parks temporary closures to remove diseased trees
May 10, 2013 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces a temporary closure of the day-use parking area of Squak Mountain State Park in Issaquah and all of Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island while diseased trees are being removed.
Forest health issues have been identified in both parks. Native tree pathogens, primarily laminated root rot, are attacking Douglas-fir trees in developed areas of both parks. The disease, which affects the roots and lower stems of certain conifer tree species, has the potential to cause healthy-looking trees to fall without warning.
Spencer Spit State Park will close on Sunday and is expected to be closed for the week of May 13. The day-use parking area of Squak Mountain State Park is expected to be closed until late summer or early fall. A public meeting and tour is expected to be held in late spring to explain the Squak Mountain project and seek public comment. Details of the meeting/tour will be released once the date is scheduled.
Spencer Spit State Park is a 138-acre marine and camping park situated on Lopez Island in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The park is named for the lagoon-enclosing sand spit on which it rests.
Squak Mountain State Park is a 1,545-acre, day-use park just outside of Issaquah and a short 15-minute drive from Seattle. The forested park features miles of trails in wilderness solitude for both equestrians and hikers alike.
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