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Douglas County Parks Plan Draws Concern, Protest

Dave Busenbark County Park Facebook page

A Parks Master Plan will be presented to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday in Roseburg. A conservation group is protesting the plan.

Alan Bunce is with Umpqua Watersheds. He says he and othersin the community are concerned that the parks planning process is not transparent. Last year, the parks department logged Dave Busenbark Memorial Park. Bunce says that park was clear-cut and old-growth trees were removed.

Bunce: “Our message is that the Parks Master Plan is incomplete and should not be approved as is. And, we’re not against logging. We just advocate for ecologically friendly logging and not clear-cutting of our public parks. ”

Bunce is afraid the county wants to do more clear-cutting although that’s not stated in the Master Plan. The Board of Commissioners will review the proposal at their Wednesday morning meeting. They’re expected to approve it.

The “Rally for our Parks” organized by Umpqua Watersheds is Tuesday afternoon at 2 at the Douglas County Courthouse in Roseburg.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. 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.
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