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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: January 14, 2015
Contact: Rebecca Pirtle, Commissioners' Office
  rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us, 360-337-4650
No: 2015-001

Community meeting January 21 on removal of Rotary Park trees

County aims to prevent further property damage

(Port Orchard, WA) – Large Douglas fir and western hemlock trees in Bill Bloomquist Rotary Park, a 12-acre site located at 3044 Madrona Drive SE in Port Orchard, are dying and falling as a result of root rot disease. Kitsap County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, which owns and maintains the park, announced a public meeting to provide the community with information about the status of the diseased trees and plans to remove them. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 21 in the Kitsap County Administration Building Commissioners’ Chambers, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard.

“Diseased and falling trees have caused substantial property damage over several years,” said Kitsap County Community Forester Arno Bergstrom. “After numerous assessments made by both arborists and professional foresters, the decision has been made to remove diseased trees within 150 feet of private property. The area will be reforested with root rot-resistant native trees species which include Western red cedar, red alder and big leaf maple.”

The removal of these trees will occur in late January and take less than one week. Rotary Park is primarily used for baseball, softball and soccer games with multi-use fields, a few small trails and parking lot.

For more information on the tree removal at Rotary Park, contact Arno Bergstrom, Kitsap County Community Forester, at 360.337.5367 or abergstr@co.kitsap.wa.us.

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Last Updated:  January 14, 2015