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Forest Service looks to decommission fire-ravaged campground

Rachael McDonald
The turnoff for Delta Campground off Aufderheide Drive near Blue River. Photo from May 11, 2021.

The Willamette National Forest wants to decommission a campground that was destroyed by the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire. They’ll hold a meeting this week (3/17/22) to discuss the future of Delta Campground.

The fire burned through the campground and the adjacent Delta old growth grove. On a tour of the campground last spring, McKenzie River District Ranger Darren Cross said the dead and burnt trees make the area unsafe for the public. He said the Forest Service wants to incorporate the decommissioned campground in their floodplain restoration project.

Rachael McDonald
The Forest Service says the fire-ravaged trees at Delta Campground pose a public safety risk. Photo from May 11, 2021.

“So it’s actually a really neat way to bring this area back to what it once was," he said. "These trees will eventually fall down and new trees will grow and then two or three hundred years from now you’ll never know there was a Holiday farm fire here.”

Cross said the campground has a lot of sentimental and historical value to the local community.

The virtual public meeting is Thursday March 17th on Zoom, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Virtual meeting participants are encouraged to register via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/290995524447. Registration is not required to participate. Participants may join the meeting via any mobile device at www.zoom.us. The meeting ID is 161 714 8459; the passcode is WNFDelta2! Another option is to call into the meeting at 1 (669) 254-5252 and then enter meeting ID 1617148459. Please call the district office at (541)822-3381 if you need special accommodations for meeting participation.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.