The Bureau of Land Management is planning a controlled ecological burn on a section of Willamette Daisy Meadow today immediately adjacent to the Fern Ridge Bike Path. As a result, the path will need to close temporarily during operations. The path will be closed at the south end at the intersection of the bike path with Terry St. and at the north end where the path crosses the railroad tracks. See the attached map for more details. The path will be closed for approximately two to three hours starting around noon.
Throughout the Willamette Valley ecological burns are used as a restoration tool to protect valuable biological diversity in prairie and savanna ecosystems. This site has one of the largest populations of Willamette Valley daisy, an endangered species, left in the world. Removal of standing dead vegetation also benefits the community by decreasing the chances of uncontrolled wildfire at the wildland-urban interface.
Ecological burns are managed by experienced and highly trained fire crews.
Burn related information contact Bureau of Land Management Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Velez at 541-232-9241
Path closure information contact Natural Resources Supervisor Trevor Taylor at 541-912-5755