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Tree root rot force closure of Kopachuck State Park campground

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 23, 2011 at 9:09 pm with 7 Comments »
May 23, 2011 9:09 pm

Concerns over the health of trees have forced the State Parks and Recreation Commission to close the campground at Kopachuck State Park.

With the forest health issues and threat to park visitor safety, the campground at the Gig Harbor park will not be open for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Park staff has noticed a gradual, but growing, pattern of dying trees in the campground, said a State Parks news release. Assistance was requested from Department of Natural Resources pathologists to help determine the extent of the problem and treatment options.

Tree pathogens, in particular laminated root rot, have been found throughout the campground and adjacent forest. This pathogen can cause trees to fail with little or no warning. The root rot must be treated now to prevent aging trees from rapidly succumbing to the pathogens, the release said.

The campground will stay closed until assessments can be completed and any corrective action is taken. The day-use area, including the beach access, will remain open. Visitors may check the park’s webpage for updates.

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  1. truthbusterguy says:

    The public should watch this very closely. The parks are hurting for money and will clear cut the parks, and sell the logs to save their bloated budgets.

    They know the Discover Pass won’t raise the needed funds so they are looking at other ways to raise money.

    Ask why we are just learning about this now? This has been going on for years at Kopachuck.

  2. nwcolorist says:

    I wonder if the heavier than normal rainfall has added to the problem.

  3. PolarBear53 says:

    Darn it! There goes our plans for the weekend. This stinks!

  4. A convenient way to keep lower class people out of an upper class neighborhood.

  5. dbreneman says:

    “With the forest health issues and threat to park visitor safety, the campground at the Gig Harbor park will not be open for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.”

    Kopachuck Park is NOT in Gig Harbor. It’s merely served by the Gig Harbor post office. It’s located in Rosedale on Henderson Bay on the opposite side of the Peninsula from Gig Harbor.

  6. eyeugize says:

    What species and age of these trees is in question ? Madrone ? Fir ? Alder ? Maple ?

  7. bluechip says:

    The folks at the award winning forestry program at Green River Community College up in Auburn have extensive research on this very situation. I hope they are being included in the discussion.

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