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Contact: Mary Beth Wester, 912-638-3639
Contact: Jon Burpee, 912-638-3639
Superintendent Mary Beth Wester announces that severe winds in the early morning hours of June 16th caused damage to many of the trees at Fort Frederica National Monument. The winds and soaking rains affected over 30 trees resulting in temporary closures necessary for visitor safety.
On Friday, June 17 the park entrance road will be closed until 12:00 noon to remove a hazardous tree.
The south ward of the historic town of Frederica will be closed to visitors as park staff clean downed debris, hanging limbs and toppled trees. This closure will remain in place until crews finish the task of ensuring safe access.
Other areas of the park will have spot closures to allow staff to work on individual trees. The most prominent of these areas includes the King’s Magazine at the fortifications on Frederica River. Wind damage broke several large branches in an adjacent oak which need to be carefully removed to ensure safety of visitors and the protection of the historic structure.
The Bloody Marsh unit of Fort Frederica NM located on Demere Road also received slight damage. The site will remain closed until debris is removed.
Park staff is attempting to make the least amount of disruption for park visitors while ensuring their safety. According to Park Superintendent Mary Beth Wester, “Our primary concern is to provide not only an enjoyable experience but a safe one as well.”