Squak Mountain State Park temporarily closed to remove diseased trees

May 14, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. May 14, 2013

The day-use parking area of Squak Mountain State Park will be closed until late summer or early fall, according to a news release from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Forest health issues have been identified in the park. Native tree pathogens, primarily laminated root rot, are attacking Douglas-fir trees in developed areas. 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.

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.

Squak Mountain State Park is a 1,545-acre, day-use park just outside of Issaquah. The forested park features miles of trails in wilderness solitude for both equestrians and hikers alike.

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