October 18 marks the start of the planned removal of hazard trees in the North Albany Natural Area by the Benton County Natural Areas, Parks, and Events Department. These dead and dying hazard trees pose a risk to the roads and trails they are near. They are also a threat to nearby power lines, risking outages and fire should they fall on one.
Most of the hazard trees in this natural area are Douglas Firs. These trees have been dying off all along the Willamette Valley at low elevations. In place of these dead Douglas Firs, the county will be planting Oregon White Oak — a tree more adapted for the environment. This replanting plan is a part of the county’s long-term goals adopted back in 2019.
Benton County is enlisting the help of local contractors to remove the hazard trees. All public access trails within the area will be closed.