Closed Wash. Campground Converted

February 10, 2014 by   - () Comments Off on Closed Wash. Campground Converted

The public will have the opportunity at a meeting Tuesday (Feb. 11) to learn more about the process of redeveloping Washington’s Kopachuck State Park as a day-use park, The Olympian of Olympia reported.

At the meeting, Washington Parks and Recreation staff will review highlights of the classification and management plan done for the Gig Harbor-area park, and the recent history of the park and its tree problems.

The department was forced to close the campground in May, 2011, when park staffers became concerned about the health of the trees towering over many of the 41 individual campsites After studying the trees, an arbor crew from the Washington Department of Natural Resources found about 80% of the Douglas firs were affected by laminated root rot. That can cause trees to fall with little or no warning, posing a danger to visitors, staff and facilities.

In January 2012, about 900 Douglas fir trees were cut from a 25-acre portion of the park.

“I don’t think there is any hope of reopening the campground,” said Dennis Mills, Kopachuck area park manager. “We’re not willing to take the risk of having people in the campground.”

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