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Work wrapping up on the Northwest Gateway Forest Restoration Project at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — As warm weather ushers in more visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park, work is wrapping up on the Northwest Gateway Forest Restoration Project.

"This project has been incredibly successful in reducing fuel loads and restoring health to the forest surrounding Manzanita Lake," said park superintendent Darlene M. Koontz.“We hope to utilize mechanical thinning in other developed areas of the park in the future, the goal of which is to reestablish the forest landscape by restoring a more resilient, diverse forest structure. We thank our visitors for their support and understanding as we finish this beneficial project.”

The contractor will begin the demobilization process Tuesday, May 27 and will work through Friday, May 30.Demobilization will continue Wednesday, June 4, with an anticipated close out of the project on Thursday, June 5.Be aware of trucks moving through the Manzanita Lake area and always maintain a safe distance between yourself and the heavy equipment.

Loops A, B and C in the Manzanita Lake campground are now open for the season. The boat ramp and camper store are open for the season as well. Loop D will close May 27 through June 5 due to the close proximity of heavy equipment working in the area.The Manzanita Creek Trail heading out of Loop D remains closed to the public through June 5.

Visitors in the Manzanita Lake area may see and hear the contractor working in the area; stay a safe distance from all work being conducted.For more information, call the park at 595-6102 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit nps.gov/lavo/parkmgmt/nwg.htm.

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