Coast Guard Unit Takes State Park by Storm

ENUMCLAW, Wash. – Volunteers from the Coast Guard Electronic Support Systems Unit (ESU) in Seattle spent March 23 cleaning debris from Federation Forest that is still extensively damaged from recent windstorms and the White River Flooding.

Seven crew members from the ESU assisted the Washington State Park Service providing much needed supplies, manpower, and time to return the Federation Forest State Park back to its original splendor. Much of the volunteers’ work consisted of chain-sawing downed trees, raking and moving debris to open up pathways within the park.

“Without the Coast Guard’s efforts today we would not have been able to restore the Hobbit House trail, a feat we did not think we would achieve until later next week,” said Eric Lewis, Park Manager of Federation Forest State Park.

The Federation Forest State Park is a 619-acre day use park with hiking trails and interpretive center located approximately 18-miles east of Enumclaw, Wash. The flooding and windstorms that plagued the region over the past two weeks caused significant damage to the Enumclaw area including the Federation Forest State Park which lies near the White River, destroying much of its natural landscape.

The ESU based in Seattle is a 24-hour electronic support services provider to District Thirteen Coast Guard organizations. They ensure continuous ready repair of their electronic systems so that the Coast Guard can efficiently communicate.

“It’s nice to know that the crew of the Coast Guard Electronic Systems Support Unit are able to team up with the Washington State Park Service in support of their local community,” said Commander Douglas Conde, Commanding Officer of the Electronic Support Systems Unit.

Since the area is still receiving record rainfall and subsequent flooding, the ESU volunteers intend on continuing their clean-up efforts over the next month.

ENUMCLAW, Wash. - Carl Sippel and Petty Officer First Class Rick Keller, an Electronic Systems Technician of the Coast Guard Electronic Systems Support Unit based in Seattle use a chainsaw to clear a trail that was obstructed during winter windstorms and flooding.  Seven members of the unit volunteered their time to assist the Washington State Park Service with the restoration of Federation Forest State Park March 23.  (Coast Guard photo by Richard Saunders)

Carl Sippel and Petty Officer First Class Rick Keller, an Electronic Systems Technician of the Coast Guard Electronic Systems Support Unit based in Seattle use a chainsaw to clear a trail that was obstructed during winter windstorms and flooding. Seven members of the unit volunteered their time to assist the Washington State Park Service with the restoration of Federation Forest State Park.
Coast Guard photo by Richard Saunders

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