Mt. Emily Recreation Area Seasonal Update

July 22, 2020

Greetings MERA Patrons-

Summer is here and so is fire season. Please be aware of updates to Fire Restrictions as summer progresses.  Blue Mountain Fire Blogspot is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains.

COVID-19 precautions are in place throughout MERA and our community. Please protect yourself and others by practicing social distancing and following current guidelines.

The MERA Advisory Committee meeting set for August 4 is cancelled due to guidelines affecting gatherings. Meetings will reconvene once regulations allow.

Planning for forest management operations on MERA are in process and guided by the MERA Forest Management Plan developed by Society of American Foresters. Improved forest health and fire resiliency will result in the planned management activities. Timber marking is currently taking place in the area south of Igo Lane and the Igo Extension trail 409.  Entry into MERA with equipment is anticipated to be late this fall. Proper notice will be given to the public in advance.

Engagement with the public will continue as we proceed through the process. Prior to forest management activities, the Union County Commissioners will hold a work session on August 12 where the intended forest operations will be discussed in detail. Meeting Details

Enjoy your summer.


Sean Chambers

Parks Coordinator

Union County