Beetle Infestation Closes Montana Campground
The Moose Creek Campground, which is 30 miles south of Great Falls, Mont., is closing for the season because of "incredible pine beetle damage," according to KFBB-TV, Great Falls.
The Lewis and Clark National Forest campground closes today (Sept. 2) to prevent human injury from falling trees.
Approximately 60% of the lodge pole pine trees in the campground are dead or dying. That means at least 150 trees pose a potential hazard, and need to be removed before the campground can be reopened.
The site will be inspected for hazards in the spring.
Forest staff hopes to preserve healthy trees from beetle infestation in time for the campground to reopen on schedule.