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.