News Release 13-029
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
Virginia Painter, (360) 902-8562
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388
State Parks schedules public meeting to discuss tree removal plan at Squak Mountain
June 21, 2013 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to attend an informational meeting regarding a plan to remove diseased trees at Squak Mountain State Park in King County.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at the King County Library System Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W., Issaquah.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the tree treatment plan for Squak Mountain State Park, including removal of trees with laminated root rot disease. State Parks also plans to sell any timber that is not usable by the park.
Earlier this year, park staff noticed a gradual but growing pattern of dying trees around the day-use parking area in the park. Tree pathogens, in particular laminated root rot, were identified in day-use area trees and the adjacent forest, resulting in the emergency closure of the park’s day-use facilities. Laminated root rot can cause trees to fall with little or no warning, posing a significant risk to visitors, staff, neighbors and facilities.
The treatment plan encompasses an area of approximately 12 acres around the day-use parking area, along the county roadway and adjacent to neighboring residences. Due to safety concerns for park visitors, the park’s day-use area will remain closed until treatment is completed. Other areas of the park are not slated for treatment and remain open to the public.
Those who want to see treatment plan details can request them via e-mail by writing email@example.com.
Squak Mountain State Park is a 1,700-acre day-use park that lies within the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The park offers hiking and interpretive activities as well as views of the Issaquah Valley.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 developed parks, 35 heritage areas and interpretive centers, hundreds of miles of long-distance land and water trails and statewide programs, including Winter Recreation and Boating Safety programs. Washington State Parks is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013, with activities and events all over the state. For more information about parks and events, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events.
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