Section of Minto-Brown Island Park trail to temporarily close for plantings

A section of the Minto-Brown Island Park trail will close for two days this week as crews put in new native plants. 

The section just south of the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge will close Dec. 8 and 9, from 7:30 a.m. to around 3 p.m. 

During the closure, crews will add native plants along the trail, including snowberry, Oregon grape and Salmonberry. The city has published a full list of the plants used in the project on its website.

The closure is part of the 2016 Minto Island Conservation Management Plan, which has a $60,000 budget this year for site preparation, seeding and planting according to city spokesman Trevor Smith. The project is funded by the city’s stewardship account.

This section of the trail was temporarily closed in mid-November to remove invasive plants and apply herbicide.

Signs to explain the closure will be posted in Riverfront Park and Minto-Brown Island Park, and on the City’s Facebook page.

Map of the Dec. 8 and 9 Minto-Brown Island Park trail closure (Courtesy/ City of Salem)

Contact reporter Abbey McDonald: [email protected] or 503-704-0355.

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Abbey McDonald joined the Salem Reporter in 2022. She previously worked as the business reporter at The Astorian, where she covered labor issues, health care and social services. A University of Oregon grad, she has also reported for the Malheur Enterprise, The News-Review and Willamette Week.