The agency closed the eight-site campground in late May after discovering trees infected with laminated root rot, a native tree pathogen which has the potential to cause healthy-looking trees to fall without warning. About 30 trees were removed by Forest Service employees to provide for camping safety.
The campground will be planted with incense cedar and sugar pine trees that are resistant to laminated root rot. The new trees will provide long-lasting shade and screening between campsites.
Outside of recreation areas, laminated root rot is important to create gaps used by big game animals. Within recreation areas, the root-disease fungi can create hazardous conditions by significantly weakening root anchorage and decreasing tree vigor.
For more information about the project, contact Janie Pardo, North Umpqua Ranger District, at 541-496-4178.