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Root rot forces temporary closure of Lake Easton State Park campground

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 16, 2012 at 7:16 am with No Comments »
May 16, 2012 7:16 am

The State Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed part of the campground at Lake Easton State Park while diseased trees are being removed. Utility campsites 1 through 44 are currently closed but are expected to be open the morning of May 25 in time for Memorial Day weekend camping.

Here is the rest of the new release:

Forest health issues have been identified in the park. Native tree pathogens, primarily laminated root rot, have attacked Douglas-fir near the park’s western campground, day-use area and boat launch. The disease, which affects the roots and lower stems of certain tree species, has the potential to cause healthy-looking trees to fall without warning. The Commission has approved the harvest to deal with the disease and to minimize risk to park visitors.

Since laminated root rot affects the roots and lower stems of trees, most of the wood in an infected tree remains sound. A contractor has purchased the trees and will be felling them and removing them from the park.

Lake Easton State Park is a forested, 516-acre, year-round camping park with 24,000 feet of freshwater access on the shores of Lake Easton in the Cascade Mountain foothills. The park has mountain views and hiking trails to explore in summer and is a popular destination for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.

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