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Forest Restoration Begins along Hitt Road Trail

On March 7, 2017, Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC) and Lomakatsi Restoration Project signed a new Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) grant-work contract. Forest restoration and wildfire safety work will begin on March 9, including thinning of brush on the new APRC Acid Castle Rocks property and the adjacent upper Lawrence Property. The thinned brush will be placed into piles and burned under safe conditions with a permit from Ashland Fire & Rescue. The $6 million, six-year OWEB grant was awarded to the City of Ashland in partnership with Lomakatsi and The Nature Conservancy to restore open forest habitat and reduce the risk of severe wildfires on public and private land in and around Ashland. Acid Castles is the first property under this new program.

 APRC will keep the Hitt Road Trail open during the project with only minor interruptions to trail traffic. Work will continue over the next few months. 

For more information on APRC visit AshlandParksandRec.org, 1195 E Main St in Ashland or call 541.488.5340. 
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