Oregon State Parks Employees Are Removing Windstorm Debris and Repairing Damage

Oregon State Parks: Although access to trails and amenities may be impacted by the cleaning work, it is not anticipated to have an effect on the First Day Hikes on Sunday, January 1. The park staff advises guests to use caution and adhere to the following safety advice:

Avoid coming into contact with any fallen trees. They may appear unexpectedly when under stress, causing harm or even death. Climbing on fallen trees is never a good idea. Sometimes a thin piece of bark or a few threads are all that is required to keep them in place. Trees and other debris may unexpectedly obstruct paths, facilities, or recreational areas. Please be patient, follow all traffic laws, and make wise decisions.

If the rain continues, there may be additional damage, such as trees falling on pathways. Service levels in restrooms, trash disposal, and clearing obstructions from beach access may be reduced during cleaning. Please be patient. Heavy wind and rain caused flooding and power outages in parks across the state earlier this week.

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Trying To Save Environment

At least nine parks were forced to close entirely or partially, ten experienced power outages, and at least 17 other locations suffered weather-related damage. All parks had power restored by Thursday afternoon.

  • Due to floods, the campsite at Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area will be closed until January 5.
  • Due to floods, Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site is closed.
  • Due to floods, Willamette Mission State Park is only partly open. The Matheny Road path and the main entrance are the only ways to access the lower park.
  • Numerous campsites at Nehalem Bay State Park are inaccessible because of fallen trees.
  • More than a dozen trees, including hemlock with a nearly 4-foot diameter and a 45-degree lean over the road, were removed by personnel at Cape Meares and Cape Lookout.
  • One of the risks that forced Cape Meares to shut until Thursday was this one.
  • According to Park Manager Jason Elkins, “The team did an excellent job prioritizing what needed to be done and working hard to get it done.”
  • “As we “dig out” following the storm, visitors may run across debris when they visit our parks. Please notify park workers of any trees obstructing paths.
  • The pedestrian bridge at Oswald West State Park that links tourists to the south side of the beach was also devastated by fallen trees.
  • The main entrance to the beach is still open. As staff members evaluate the remaining routes, further closures and consequences are expected to be published. The south jetty at South Beach State Park was also closed due to dangerous surf.

High winds also blew through Southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley. Silver Falls State Park lost power on Tuesday due to strong winds and dangerous branches, forcing it to close its trails. Five trees that were blocking Highway 214 were removed, as were about ten others from park paths. Although the trails are fully accessible, workers are still attempting to clean up debris in certain areas.

A windstorm knocked down nearly 15 trees in the Valley of the Rogue in southern Oregon on Monday night. A fallen tree at the campsite damaged two cars and a privacy fence. The OPRD inspects its trees for potential hazards. According to Nathan Seable, park manager, even strong winds and rain may be difficult for good trees. Trees with roots and all may fall over if the soil becomes wet.

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