I-90 timber thin closes forest road weekdays, blocks popular trailhead

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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Contact:  Snoqualmie Ranger District: 425-888-1421

This spring timber thinning will close a road leading to a popular trailhead weekdays for vehicles and foot traffic on the I-90 corridor of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Workers will open the road for traffic Friday noon through Sunday and on holidays.

Work will close Mason Lake Road (Forest Service Road 9031) at milepost 2.0 starting April 1 until June 1, blocking access to Ira Spring Trailhead. Mason Lake Road parallels the north side of I-90 and is off exit 45. The area is not safe during the cutting, yarding and hauling operations, according to Forest Service officials. Workers are thinning 45 acres of western hemlock, Douglas-Fir and western Red cedar, cutting trees 60-75 years old to improve the growth and health of those remaining. This is the third year timber thinning has closed Mason Lake Road. The contract will end in 2014.

For updated information go online, call Snoqualmie Ranger District at 425-888-1421 or stop by the office at 902 S.E. North Bend Way, North Bend, Wash., 98045.