Project at beach recreation site helps restore healthy vegetation

Washington Conservation Crews help remove English Holly from Upright Channel. Photo: DNR
Washington Conservation Crews help remove English holly from Upright Channel. Photo: DNR

Ever visited Upright Channel Day-Use and Beach Access?

The popular DNR-managed site on Lopez Island is looking its best after DNR staff and Washington Conservation Corps crews completed a major invasive species removal to English holly growing there.

DNR's Upright Channel, a popular day-use recreation site on Lopez Island, includes trails, beach access and a picnic area. Photo: DNR
DNR’s Upright Channel, a popular day-use recreation site on Lopez Island, includes trails, beach access and a picnic area. Photo: DNR

The project, coordinated by DNR’s recreation and silviculture programs, will help provide access to the site for visitors to enjoy for years to come.

DNR’s silviculture (tree planting) program manages DNR forest landscapes, for products and ecosystem services, such as wildlife habitat and water quality.

Rob Crawford, a crew supervisor with Washington Conservation Corps, helps to remove holly from Upright Channel. Photo: DNR
Rob Crawford, a crew supervisor with Washington Conservation Corps, helps to remove holly from Upright Channel. Photo: DNR

This project follows efforts from DNR’s dedicated volunteers. Upright Channel work party volunteers have helped to remove rotting railroad ties, trim vegetation and do general site clean-up to the beach-access site.

Upright Channel is a 20-acre day-use park, which includes trails, beach access and a picnic area.

For more information, visit DNR’s recreation Web page.

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