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Shellburg Falls closed during forestry operation that began July 5
Contact: Russ Lane, 503-859-4325, rlane@odf.state.or.us
Shellburg Falls Recreation Area southeast of Salem closed on July 5 to provide for public safety during a timber harvest in the area. The popular visitor site two miles north of Lyons lies within the Santiam State Forest. The closure is expected to extend into the fall.
Active tree-felling operations have begun on the Shellburg Loop Timber Sale, immediately northeast of the campground at Shellburg Falls. Despite signing efforts by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the timber purchaser, recreationists have been entering the zone of active operation.
“Recently, separate groups of joggers and mountain bikers moved through the immediate area where large trees were being felled,” said ODF’s Russ Lane. “This is an unacceptable risk to public safety.”
ODF has closed the upper gate and put in place a closure that allows entry by permit only. The forester said the current timber operation and another sale nearby expected to get underway soon will likely remain active into the fall.
He said ODF may consider permit-entry for organized groups on a case-by-case basis.
“Again, we would have to have that high level of assurance that all users would be kept well clear of hazardous areas,” he said.
Recreationists seeking alternative sites to Shellburg Falls for their outings are encouraged to call the Department of Forestry’s Santiam Unit office in Lyons, 503-859-2151.