Park policies ‘troublesome’


During the week of April 16 I witnessed two troublesome events at Cascadia State Park.

The first event was talking to the district manager about an English walnut tree that had fallen. She was beautiful to look at beneath her branches, which were covered with moss, and a photographer’s dream. The area from her trunk to the first set of branches was a perfect setting for a picnic table.

The D.M. expressed concern about a possible falling accident. I countered with the idea of a sign reading “Do Not Climb” and perhaps including information regarding her age and the important role she played in keeping critters happy with her walnuts, which she was still producing when she fell.

Late that day I walked back and took a look at the chainsaw massacre that the D.M. had ordered.

The second event took place when I witnessed a for-profit logging truck loading beautiful Douglas fir logs to be transported out, never to be seen again. I called the D.M., who said the park manager had no use for these logs.

I regret to say my heart was hurting. I would think the fallen trees over the creek and the river would be a huge concern. I would like to see fallen trees used in our park and not hauled away.

This property, consisting of 312 acres, was sold by the Geisendorfers to the state park system in March of 1941 for $19,000. It has taken me over three years pleading not to mow the camas field until they grow and bloom. Last year the host mowed the moss, preventing many wildflowers like the tiger lilies, among others, from growing.

Our park deserves custodial care and not destruction.

Wildflower Buttitta