Proposed Salvage Timber Sale at Backbone State Park
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is proposing to clear cut approximately 3 acres of dead and dying timber in Backbone State Park caused by the flash flood of 2010 through a salvage timber sale.
The public is invited to discuss this proposal during a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 22, at the Dundee Community Center.
This 3-acre area was buried in sediment from the flash flood of July 2010. Allowing the trees to stay would increase the potential for insect and disease problems. The trees have been identified as high risk for potential harm to park visitors or damage park property.
A timber sale contract will be awarded to the highest bidder to harvest and remove the selected trees. To protect the site, harvest activities will only be permitted on frozen ground.
Reforestation of trees native to site, primarily bur oak and swamp white oak, is planned following completion of the harvest.