I-90 Timber thin closes access to Talapus Lake trailhead weekdays

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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Contact: Renee Bodine Office: 425-783-6015 

Helicopter timber thinning will close Talapus Lake Road (Forest Service Road 9030) July 30 through mid-August, blocking access to Talapus Lake Trailhead. The road will remain closed weekdays to vehicles and foot traffic and reopen Fridays at noon through Sundays and on holidays. Talapus Lake Road is off exit 45 on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

The area is not safe during 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. The contract is scheduled to be completed by 2014.

Call Snoqualmie Ranger District for updates at 425-888-1421 or stop by the office at 902 S.E. North Bend Way, North Bend, Wash., 98045.