FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2011
Preacher Slough Road closed January 25 for bridge construction
Trailhead parking and interpretive trail remain open
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces today that the Preachers Slough Road near Montesano will be closed for bridge construction from January 25 to the end of February 2011. This is not a through road. The construction project is located within the DNR-managed Chehalis River Surge Plain Natural Area Preserve.
The trailhead parking and interpretive trail near Highway 107 will remain open.
Project to open up fish passage to upper slough
The project will open up fish passage into upper Preacher’s Slough, while continuing to provide public access to the Chehalis River across the natural area. The project will provide access to high-quality rearing and feeding habitat for juvenile salmon. Public access also will be enhanced to a valued community resource for bank fishing and water access on the Chehalis River.
Boss Construction of Bellingham won the bid at roughly $312,000. The bridge will be 80 feet in length. The project is funded through several sources: the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Chehalis Fisheries Restoration Program, along with some DNR capital funds.
DNR manages a small but significant statewide system of Natural Resource Conservation Areas and Natural Area Preserves — 130,000 acres — to protect native ecosystems and the plant and animal species that depend on them. Many also provide access for education and low-impact public use. Of these, 35,361 acres at 53 sites are Natural Area Preserves (with the highest level of protection for native species and ecosystems), and 94,479 acres at 29 sites are Natural Resources Conservation Areas (which protect ecosystems and unique natural features and provide limited low-impact public use).
Media Contact: Jane Chavey, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1721, firstname.lastname@example.org
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