Tree removal project on course at Williams

  • Tree removal project on course at Williams

     Neil updated 8 years, 1 month ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • Neil

    October 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    There was hesitation in making the decision.

    No one knew what the aesthetic outcome would be.

    No one wanted to shut down one of the most popular campgrounds in Pagosa Country.

    Williams Creek Campground had long been favored by campers, but what was the reason? Some people at the Pagosa Ranger District surmise that it must, surely, at least in part be due to the large amount shade provided by the trees in the dense forest. Perhaps, also, the campers flocked there due to the privacy that the heavily forested campground provides.

    Paul Blackman, the Pagosa Ranger District recreation, trails, and wilderness supervisor, said the decision to close the campground and cut over 1,500 trees, the majority of which were Engelmann spruce, came down to safety of the camper, and something had to be done. Regardless of what the aesthetic outcome would be after the cutting, the danger of trees falling due to roots being rotted by Armillaria fungus was too great a risk.

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