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Tree removal begins along Highway 6

Work began this week to make a scenic stretch of the Wilson River Highway (Oregon Highway 6) safer for motorists.

A partnership between the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Transportation will help protect the road from falling trees and limbs.

The project will remove trees infected with laminated root rot along 35 acres of the highway corridor in 18 different locations.

ODOT, citing safety concerns, initially requested removal along the three-mile stretch following a survey process identifying infected areas.

All removal will comply with the Forest Practices Act, and land will be replanted with tree species resistant to or tolerant of the root disease, such as cedar, hemlock or alder.

The project is funded entirely by the sale of timber from the parcels.

“This project is a perfect example of how transportation and forest management come together for the benefit of Oregonians.

Highway 6 is a vital link between Portland and Tillamook for families and commerce,” said Wayne Auble, assistant district forester with ODF’s Forest Grove District and the project coordinator.

Work began Feb. 3 and will continue intermittently until May 23.

Motorists can expect to see work and flaggers on or around mileposts 33 to 36, about 30 miles west of Banks.

Motorists should use caution in the work zone and expect minor delays of up to 20 minutes.

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