On a ride up and down the hills of North Albany on Monday, I detoured into North Albany County Park to see how the cleanup was going after the recent logging there.
Pretty impressive mounds of wood chips, I thought. It’s what’s left from the chipping of branches and grinding of most of the stumps of trees cut down a couple of weeks ago.
What’s going to happen to all that material? I put the question to Adam Stebbins, natural resources coordinator for Benton County Parks and Natural Areas.
“The chips and grindings will be used to ensure that the planted pines and the existing trees have good mulch around the base of each tree,” he replied.
You’ll recall that having taken out 55 Douglas firs as real or potential “hazard trees” over a few days in September, the county plans to replace them with Willamette Valley pines, a variety of evergreen said to be better adapted to conditions in the park.
Those big Douglas firs are gone, of course, but what’s left of them will be put to good use. (hh)