Tree Collapse Closes Oregon Campground
The collapse of a giant spruce has prompted the state to close the campground at a popular park on the Oregon coast.
The 11-foot diameter spruce fell June 24, grazing tents but luckily missing the campers at Oswald West State Park 50 miles west or Portland, Ore., according to the Associated Press. A subsequent inspection found that other trees – some 200 to 400 years old – could topple.
"It was that information that said this wasn't just one, this was something that could happen again, and we need a better plan for how we are going to manage camping here," said Chris Havel, an Oregon Parks and Recreation Department spokesman.
The park had nearly 1 million visitors last year, with the 30-site campground attracting 15,000.
The closure only applies to camping. Day use of trails and beaches will remain open, but the campground parking lot on the west side of U.S. 101 will be temporarily closed so that visitors know there is no camping.
Oswald West, one of the state's smaller campgrounds, has been popular with surfers and hikers and people who like a more primitive camping experience.