Tree thinning project will reduce wildfire risk to Roslyn, Cle-Elum
Washington State Parks will host an open house at the Bullfrog State Park Property in Kittitas County to discuss forest health thinning plans for the fall. The project will reduce wildfire risk and improve the health of the forests in the park.
The open house will take place at:
5 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at the Bullfrog Trailhead to the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail. (Driving Directions.)
Members of the community and the public are invited to attend.
State Parks will hire a logging contractor to thin approximately 88 acres on the property. The contractor will remove smaller, weaker and less fire-tolerant trees to reduce fuel loads and promote fire-tolerant species. The project will return the forest to historic site conditions and improve the health of the remaining trees by reducing competition.
More information on this project is available at Forest Practices Permit #2707135, on the Washington Department of Natural Resources website
Preparations for the work are currently underway. Visitors may see paint, flagging and signs within the park and they are asked not to disturb these markings.
Work is scheduled to begin in fall of 2021 or spring of 2022, with logging operations completed before summer 2022. Additional work to manage logging debris, revegetate disturbed soils and control noxious weeds may take several seasons.
Portions of the park will be closed to the public during logging operations. All trails will reopen once work is finished and conditions allow. State Parks asks visitors to avoid closed areas and follow all posted signs, warnings and notices for their own safety and the safety of staff and contractors.
Human suppression of wildfires has left many forests in eastern Washington with an overabundance of trees that increase the risk of catastrophic fires.
This property sits within three miles of the cities of Cle Elum and Roslyn, adjacent to I-90 and in the wildland-urban interface of several homes.