Peace Arch State Park to host meeting on tree restoration

Published on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Washington state parks officials are planning to replace a row of trees  that once lined the Peace Arch State Park's border with Canada, and they want the public's opinion on it.

I just got a press release from the Washington State Parks Commission saying the group will host an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m on Tuesday, September 6, at the American Kitchen at Peace Arch State Park to gather public input on a plan to restore trees in the park. The commission is specifically seeking input on how the trees should be planted and how the entire restoration project should be designed.

The park's border with Canada was once lined with Lombardy poplars, but all 23 trees had to be removed in August of last year after storms damaged them to the point that they proved a safety risk for park visitors. According to the state parks commission, Lombardy poplars usually succumb to health problems at 15 years old, but the poplars in Peace Arch State Park were pushing 40. This particular species of poplar was raised in Italy and is adapted to hot, dry summers.

For more information on the tree restoration project or to submit comments, email or call 360/332-8221.


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