Work Wrapping Up on the Northwest Gateway Forest Restoration Project at Lassen Volcanic National Park
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, 530-595-6102
MINERAL, CA –As warm weather ushers in more visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park, work is wrapping up on the Northwest Gateway Forest Restoration Project. "This project has been incredibly successful in reducing fuel loads and restoring health to the forest surrounding Manzanita Lake," said Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. “We hope to utilize mechanical thinning in other developed areas of the park in the future, the goal of which is to reestablish the forest landscape by restoring a more resilient, diverse forest structure. We thank our visitors for their support and understanding as we finish this beneficial project” stated Koontz.
The contractor will begin the demobilization process on Tuesday May 27 working through Friday May 30. Demobilization will continue on Wednesday June 4 with an anticipated close out of the project on Thursday June 5. Please be aware of trucks moving through the Manzanita Lake area and always maintain a safe distance between yourself and the heavy equipment.
Loops A, B and C in the Manzanita Lake campground are now open for the season. The boat ramp and camper store are open for the season as well. Loop D will be open during the Memorial Day weekend; however Loop D will close May 27-June 5 due to the close proximity of heavy equipment working in the area. The Manzanita Creek Trail heading out of Loop D remains closed to the public through June 5.
Visitors in the Manzanita Lake area may see and hear the contractor working in the area, please stay a safe distance from all work being conducted. For more information, please contact the park at (530) 595-6102 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit www.nps.gov/lavo/parkmgmt/nwg.htm.
Did You Know?
The reddish color sometimes observed on top of snow at Lassen Volcanic NP snow is a living organism called snow algae. When snow begins to thaw, these microscopic organisms spring to life. They function as a primary food source and are being studied for their cancer-fighting properties.