Fishermen’s Bend Campground and Day Use Site in Mills City, Ore., is to be closed until April 15 while another 315 trees are felled after a mass die-off caused them to be a public safety hazard, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
The BLM had approximately 650 trees removed last year from the 170-acre campground located two miles west of Mill City due to them becoming hazardous to the public. Approximately 300 were removed in the two years prior, according to the Statesman Journal.
In total, more than 1,200 trees will have been removed from the campground on the edge of the North Santiam River in the past four years due to the die off.
The campground is heavily wooded, but long-time park users may notice a thinner canopy.
The trees are dying from factors including five years of drought conditions in the North Santiam River – the worst was in 2015 – shallow soil and damage by the Ips Beetle, which attacks pine and spruce trees already in decline.
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