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Big Changes Possible For Ecola State Park


Visitors take in a view of the Pacific Ocean at Ecola State Park on the Oregon coast.

Visitors take in a view of the Pacific Ocean at Ecola State Park on the Oregon coast.

Colin Murphey/Daily Astorian

As Ecola State Park braces for winter, some issues continue to haunt it, but changes intended to improve the park’s offerings are on the way.

For years, the park has made do with one full-time ranger supplemented by a variety of part-time and seasonal staff. Some years park managers have had to go without a full roster of those extra hands. In the last few years, landslides and other unexpected disasters hit the park — a massive landslide snipped a popular trail between Ecola Point and Indian Beach recently — forcing rangers to adjust what tasks take top priority. Minor tasks have continued to pile up.

A trail reroute to Indian Beach and possibly an entirely new road into the park to avoid landslide areas — as first proposed in a 1975 master plan — are still a ways off. In the meantime, funding for a second full-time park ranger at Ecola and Tolovana will help staff tackle long-deferred maintenance and bring the 1,023-acre state park known for its sweeping views and lush forest trails closer to service level standards, said Park Manager Ben Cox.

Now, said Cox, “we’ve been able to focus a little more work there. Just little things here and there.”

Read the full story at the Daily Astorian.

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