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It’s more than camping and fishing this summer in Lane County

Haggard-looking conifers result of 2012 dry spell

Drought struck treeSome Douglas-firs and other conifers in northwestern Oregon look noticeably

USFS RD. 15 detourThe scenic Aufderheide Drive (Forest Service Road 19) that connects Blue River and Westfir will close for four days for road work. The closure will occur near milepost 14, beginning at 12 p.m. on Monday, May 20th,  until 12 p.m. on Friday, May 24th.

Community clean-up events, such as the Springfield Clean-Up happening this weekend, are no longer able to collect lawn chairs, plastic bins, tubs, baskets, playground toys, flower pots, or any large bulky plastic items to recycle. This season, an outlet to properly dispose and recycle these unusual plastics does not exist.

Damage area on USFS Rd 15USFS Road 15 will be closed next Monday and Tuesday (May 13th & 14th) for paving. It was extensively damaged in January of 2012 when heavy rains caused soil under the road to collapse, removing 180 feet of the pavement near milepost 2.

Leaburg hatchery signLEABURG: After a decade of weathering, the signs at the entrance driveway to the Leaburg Hatchery had been taken down. The signs laminated butcher block teak panels were refinished. But now they could be bobbing down the river or hanging in someone’s hideaway.
Leaburg Trout Hatchery manager Erik Withalm says last Thursday night or Friday morning someone made off with them - a 3 foot by 4 foot sign and a smaller 1 foot by 4 foot panel.

 

 

 

 

 

Trash in forestPhoto Courtesy USFS
Trash piles in the woods are causing officials to consider clamping down on areas where dispersed camping will be allowed.

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Due to on-going damage to natural resources, the McKenzie River Ranger District is proposing expanding the camping restrictions near Cougar Reservoir and adding a new camping restriction adjacent to the lower McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. Officials say that in these locations, long-term campers have left large accumulations of garbage, food items, hazardous substances, improperly disposed of fecal waste, and damaged vegetation and soils. The new regulations would also prohibit campfires in these areas.

Truck wreckPhoto Courtesy OSP
The driver and a back seat passenger were seriously injured last Saturday when fence posts penetrated the windshield of a Chevy Suburban.

LEABURG: Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are con-tinuing the investigation into cause of a Saturday afternoon single vehicle injury accident that occurred on Highway 126 near Leaburg. Two people were transported to a Springfield hos-pital for treatment of injuries sustained after large pieces of wood from a fence penetrated the windshield and struck both men.

 

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