Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Concern about trees prompts early state park closure

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will close the Oswald West State Park campground effective July 10, 2008. Campers in the park's 30 primitive, walk-in campsites will be offered sites at other nearby state park campgrounds. The day trails and beach will remain open.

The closure is prompted by an ongoing review of the trees in and around the campground. Some trees are 200-400 years old and have been damaged by past storms or are simply near the end of their natural lives.

One such tree — an 11-foot diameter spruce—fell without warning on June 24. No campers were injured, though the tree did fall across several campsites.

The campground closure will be effective until further notice while the agency completes an in-depth study on the health of the trees near the campground.

Campers already in the park will be offered any available space at Fort Stevens, Nehalem Bay and other north coast state park campgrounds. Hiking, surfing and beachcombing are the most popular daytime activities. The campground closure will not affect any trails or access to the beach.
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