Storm Damage Forces Closure of Kula Forest Reserve
By Wendy Osher
The Kula Forest Reserve and Polipoli Springs State Park were closed today due to weather-related damage to the park access road. The closure–which begins at the “white gate”–is expected to remain in effect through the end of the month.
Crews from the sate Forestry Division did a partial assessment of the area, but were faced with heavy debris and fallen trees. Officials say there is a soil and debris berm rising several feet, and previous repairs to the “cement crossing” were washed away.
Crews from the State Department of Land and Natural Resources plan to return to the area to fully assess conditions. Staff members will also evaluate any impacts from the cold front approaching the state later this week.