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Shea Point debris ‘ugly reminder’


March 9, 2016


To all the hikers, birdwatchers, animal lovers, bicyclists and general everyday passersby.

I have been passing through Sweet Home and Foster since 1970. During that time, I have had an opportunity to visit the east Linn County hillside extensively. My wife and I moved here to Foster in June 2013.

At that time, the pathway from Shea Point to Edgewater Marina was a delightful and beautiful walk. One could see many different species of wildlife. Along with the ever-present wildlife, one could observe a very diversified array of beautiful vegetation, flowers, fruits, trees and pines.

To the dismay of many, in late 2014 and early 2015, volunteers, as I was told, came into the area and cut down many of the beautiful pine trees and bushes and also the beautiful pines of Shea Point. After the trees and bushes were cut down, flowers trampled and ruined.

Large, unsightly piles of debris were left littering the bank and hanging over Foster Lake. Some of it floated away in rising waters. The piles that did not wash away were left on the banks for all to see as they drive by on Highway 20. After a long time, someone finally came by and picked up some of the debris that was left.

I am in wonderment as to why all of the native vegetation was destroyed while at the same time leaving intact the invasive species, such as the ever-overpowering blackberries and ivy. This was all detrimental enough to watch happen – and then again in February, I have noticed more cutting of fir trees in the area. These trees pose no apparent danger to electrical wires or adjacent structures. The trees have been cut down, however the debris pile remains as an ugly reminder.

If the real estate market is truly interested in promoting our scenic Foster Lake, would it not have made better sense to clean out the unwanted vegetation rather than rape the land and make it barren for all eyes and for our native critters and their habitats?

Another site that would have made better use of all the energy and time spent would have been the mud-puddled eyesore at the east end of the condos at Edgewater.

Again, who cares about Shea Point? It seems that it has become nothing more than an old toilet area. Curbs, parking areas and grassy areas are filled with litter, dog feces and less-than-desirables looking for a place to camp or party.

Lots of people seem to hang out there to “smoke it up” or whatever they do with drugs. Within the last few years, it has become a place to avoid rather than a nice place to go, walk your dog or spend a few minutes in a scenic area. So sad.

I want to make others aware that even though we in Foster are incorporated into Sweet Home, nothing seems to get done as far as cleaning up the highways and roadsides, which are always littered with trash. It seems the City of Sweet Home maintains the roadways and accumulated trash only to the end of town, and then it becomes a trashy, unkempt area.

Foster Lake Resort has paid for trash to be picked up along the roadways at its own expense several times. Should it be the responsibility of a business owner to do this?

In summary, an unpleasant and barren pathway to walk among the invasive blackberry and ivy is not what I see as a “welcome sign” to prospective home buyers in our area.

Bill Coverdell

Sweet Home


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