Eagle County: Pine beetles close some campgrounds
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The danger of trees killed by pine beetles falling this spring has forced the Forest Service to delay the openings of some campgrounds in the area and close others.
Campgrounds that may open late include Gold Park Campground in the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District; Peak One, Pine Cove, Sapphire Point and Windy Point in the Dillon Ranger District; and Chapman and Chapman Group campgrounds on the Aspen and Sopris Ranger Districts.
The Prospector, Lowry and Blue River campgrounds on the Dillon Ranger District will not open this year because of the number of trees killed by beetles.
“We are very concerned with the public’s safety when it comes to the danger posed by these dead trees, especially to those visitors staying in our campgrounds. But I also want people to know that we are doing everything we can to mitigate the problem and get our campgrounds open as soon as possible,” said Cal Wettstein, acting White River Forest supervisor.
For more information about where to camp, call (970)468-5400. For general information about the bark beetle go to http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/bark-beetle.
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