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The popular Forest Grove trail will not be accessible during work on a 'stream enhancement' project.

COURTESY PHOTO: TREE FOR ALL - The B Street Trail will close for a few weeks, starting Friday, Aug. 23, for habitat improvement on and around Gales Creek.The B Street Trail in Forest Grove will close starting Friday, Aug. 23, for about five weeks, and the Old Town Loop Trail will also be affected.

Construction crews are descending on the area for a long-planned "stream enhancement" project, according to Clean Water Services, the regional water management utility.

Jessica Bucciarelli, spokeswoman for Clean Water Services, said in a statement that the project "will improve creek stability, water quality and fish/wildlife habitat at a site that in recent years has seen considerable erosion and little native vegetation."

The B Street Trail parking lot will be closed from Tuesday, Aug. 20, through Friday, and possibly closed again on Aug. 26 and Aug. 27.

The Old Town Loop Trail is expected to stay open during construction, Bucciarelli said, but users will need to watch out for construction crews and equipment and use "extra caution" on the trail.

The Tree for All stream enhancement project is a collaborative effort involving Clean Water Services, the City of Forest Grove and Metro.

Work is starting on the project this summer, but it isn't expected to be complete until summer 2022.

"Construction will take place in three phases over three summers, and partners will continue to monitor and manage the plants, streambanks, habitat logs and other elements of the project for at least 20 years," Bucciarelli said. "The project has been designed to reconnect the creek and the floodplain without increasing flood risk for the adjacent demonstration farm."

The first phase of work involves removing a disused railroad trestle, reconstructing the banks of Gales Creek for a smoother connection with the floodplain, placing what Tree for All calls "habitat logs" — tree branches, limbs and trunks that many aquatic animals use — along the creek, and planting native plants to improve the terrestrial habitat.

For more information, call 503-681-3600 or visit the Tree for All project website.


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