Prior to any campground opening each year, crews evaluate the campground sites for hazards. Last summer, contract crews removed a large number of diseased, dead and dying trees to improve public safety at the Bumblebee Campground site. During this year’s inspections, numerous large, loose limbs were discovered in the over-story above the Bumblebee Campground campsites. A typical winter, including heavy winter storms and a higher snow loads, would have most likely dislodged the existing limbs. Unfortunately last year’s mild winter did not provide the needed stresses to clear the over-story of the loose tree limbs. After a more typical winter season, the District will assess the response of the remaining over-story trees to wind and snow-loading with the goal of having the campground open for the 2016 season.
Although the Bumblebee Campground will remain closed, the neighboring Bumblebee Meadows is open. The meadows have designated dispersed campsites with a vault toilet and porta potties and are available free of charge on a first come first serve basis.
Visitors are encouraged to always take a hard look at their surroundings when recreating throughout the forest, especially when selecting a campsite. Hazardous trees are not always readily apparent, but some obvious indicators of dangerous trees include damage to roots, branches or trunk; insect infestations; leaning trees; or dead trees. These types of trees are especially hazardous when the wind is blowing, but may fall at any time resulting in serious injuries or death. For more information on identifying and avoiding hazardous trees, forest visitors are encouraged to download theIPNF Hazard Tree Safety Flyer.
For more information about Bumblebee Campground, please contact the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District at 208-664-2318.