Thursday, April 10, 2008

Colorado Campgrounds closed/delayed by beetle-ravaged pines

Rocky Mountain News - Denver,CO,USA
Colorado's pine beetle epidemic will put a crimp in camping this year, as national forests and parks are forced to delay the opening of numerous sites — or close them altogether — to remove thousands of dead trees.

The beetle-clobbered trees pose a safety problem, as the weakened lodgepole and other pine are more susceptible to falling over onto unsuspecting campers, hikers, picnickers or even those asleep in their tents.

"That's our number one concern for people," said Mary Ann Chambers, a bark beetle specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, noting that more trees are likely to fall with the passage of time. "The beetle-killed trees are at an age now where they're a bigger hazard."
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