SALEM—A logging company working for the Oregon Department of Transportation will be removing struggling trees from the Interstate 5 French Prairie Southbound Rest Area located just south of Wilsonville. Work begins next week. The majority of the trees are clearly dead, dying or in a state where they could be a hazard to the public.
Over 300 trees, or about 10 percent of the trees at the rest area, will be removed. The majority of the trees are under 10 inches in diameter and are located away from the main parking area and inside a large stand of trees toward the back of the rest area.
The Oregon Travel Information Council (OTIC), which manages the rest area under an agreement with ODOT, requested that at least 100 trees be removed. ODOT’s forester reviewed the request and recommended the removal of over 300 trees. Removing the additional trees will not only save time and money in future maintenance costs, it will also improve the health of the remaining trees and enhance the overall safety at the rest area.
The work is expected to take one week. Disruptions to the rest area should be minimal. Travelers should expect some periodic short term closures and restrictions.
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