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Controlled Burn on Mt. Pisgah

EUGENE, Ore. — Parts of Mt. Pisgah were closed Monday so that the Lane County Parks Division could perform a controlled burn.

The burn took place on the south end of the Howard Buford Recreation Area, closing trails three and six.

Parks workers say these burns are important to ensure the survival of native species and to prevent that invasive species don’t take over the area.

The parks division says the Willamette Valley was once dominated by meadowlands like what’s seen on Mt. Pisgah and these burns are necessary to maintain the ecosystem.

“As invasives come in and start taking over, we try to manage that as best we can, and fire is one of the tools we can use out here,” said Mike Russell, Lane County Parks Manager.

About 45 acres were burned Monday.

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