Ranger Woods concerning to board
The Estacada School Board is looking into cleaning up the area known as Ranger Woods.
Adjacent to Estacada High School along Cemetery Road, many students walk through the five-acre forested area on the way to and from school. Because of underbrush and other conditions, visibility is low.
"As kids come to school, or during lunch, kids that might not have the responsibility to manage themselves hide and do things that are absolutely unsupervised," Estacada School District Superintendent Ryan Carpenter said during a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14. "It's a frequent spot that kids go to avoid adult contact."
The condition of the trees in Ranger Woods is also a concern.
"There are some very unhealthy trees," Carpenter said.
Members of the Estacada School Board directed Carpenter to investigate the cost of clear cutting or thinning trees in Ranger Woods.
Carpenter acknowledged that the area is valued by many in the community.
"A large part of the community will not appreciate removing the park environment of the woods," he said.
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Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that school board member Jeromy Adamson recently found a group of students smoking marijuana in the Ranger Woods. The News regrets the error.