Lake of the Woods trees subject of open house

The U.S. Forest Service will hold an open house Tuesday to discuss managing diseased trees around Lake of the Woods.

The session will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the dining room at Camp Low Echo operated by the Girls Scouts of Winema Council.

To reach the site from Medford, follow Highway 140 to Dead Indian Memorial Road. The camp is only three miles from Highway 140 on Dead Indian Memorial Road.

The agency is developing a long-term management plan for the lake to deal with trees that have died because of insect infestation and disease, explained Erica Hupp, spokeswoman for the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

In the past 15 years, management has focused on treating individual hazard trees. However, officials say the overall forest health continues to deteriorate.

"We will be looking at the safety and health of the forest," she said, noting the agency wants the public involved in the planning.

The popular recreation area is about 30 miles east of Medford in the Klamath Ranger District.

For more information or to respond with comments, contact Margaret David Bailey, district ranger at the Klamath Ranger District, 2819 Dahlia St., Klamath Falls, Ore. 97601 or call 541-885-3400. An e-mail comment may be sent to

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