PHILIPSBURG — As part of continued efforts to provide for public safety at Georgetown Lake recreation sites, Piney Campground’s Loop B will be closed to public use. Recently, several hazardous trees have fallen in Loop B causing the Forest Service to close this popular camping area to public access. Forest personnel are working to identify and remove these hazardous trees as quickly as possible; however, the closure may remain in effect throughout the 2014 camping season.
Loop A will continue to remain open, visitors are encouraged to use caution in and around the area as assessments and hazard tree removal operations occur in loop B.
“I appreciate that our campgrounds users have favorite camping spots and understand their frustration regarding the closure; however, safety must be our number one priority and we are working to ensure that these hazards are dealt with so we people can enjoy these areas into the future,” said Pintler District ranger Charlene Bucha. “The bark beetle mortality has created some challenges in managing for aesthetics in the campground combined with understanding the life cycle of these forested areas.”
Alternative campgrounds such as Philipsburg Bay, Lodgepole, Springhill and Cable remain open. Visitors are reminded to always be aware of potential hazard trees when recreating in the forest.