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Portions of State Capitol State Park grounds closed April 24 through mid-May

April 24, 2017

Salem OR -- Small portions of the State Capitol State Park grounds will be closed from April 24 through mid-May to accommodate relocation of a set of historic Camperdown elm trees. Access to the capitol building will not be affected.

The four trees currently located near the capitol building, must be moved to accommodate necessary updates to capitol building utilities. Two other trees will also be moved during the project. A contractor, Environmental Designs Incorporated, will perform the work under the management of the Oregon Legislative Administration.

The Camperdown elm trees are an important part of the historic landscape, and have been on the capitol grounds since the late 19th to early 20th centuries. They have been successfully moved before in 1937-41 and 1977 during other construction projects.

During the move when sections of the park are closed, visitors are reminded they are welcome to observe the work from a distance, but to respect all safety fences and directions from the project crew.

More information on the project is available from Project Managers Ed Newvine (ed.newvine@oregonlegislature.gov, 503-986-1744) or Marina Cresswell (marina.cresswell@state.or.us, 503-986-1744).