Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Forest Service is temporarily closing Herman Creek Campground/Horse Camp, located just east of Cascade Locks and 47 miles from Portland, to protect public health and safety. This temporary closure is expected to last throughout the 2014 summer season, and the public will be notified when the campground is reopened.
Threats to public safety from diseased trees were identified in the seven-site campground, popular with equestrian users. Laminated root rot is a native tree pathogen that has infected more than 30 trees in the campground. The disease, which affects the roots and lower stems of certain tree species, has the potential to cause healthy-looking trees to fall without warning.
“Laminated root rot poses significant safety hazards in developed recreation sites such as campgrounds,” said CRGNSA Manager Lynn Burditt. “Trees infected with the disease are highly unstable and can easily fall over as they lose root strength.”
The United States Forest Service has been monitoring the situation and determined that laminated root rot was spreading throughout the campground. Laminated root rot is the most damaging root disease of forest trees in Oregon and Washington, and most hazardous to people and property in developed sites.
A vegetation management plan for the campground will be developed to deal with the removal of diseased trees. Since laminated root rot affects only the roots and lower trunk, most of the wood in the infected trees is sound and may be used for in-stream work to improve fish habitat in the CRGNSA.
After diseased trees are removed, the campground will be replanted with conifer trees that are resistant to laminated root rot; they will provide long-lasting vegetation for the future of this site. The atmosphere of the campground will change to a more open feeling in the short-term.
All other USFS campgrounds in the CRGNSA will be open and the Herman Creek Trailhead will not be affected by this closure. Herman Creek Campground/Horse Camp will be reopened and the closure lifted when USFS has determined there are no longer any public safety hazards.
For more information about the project, contact Stan Hinatsu at 541-308-1708.
More like this story
- Boys soccer goes on the road and ties Hermiston
- Sports briefs for Oct. 21
- Kegler's Corner: Buck and Miller Shine
- Taste of Tsuruta benefit dinner Nov. 4 at Mt. Hood Winery
- HRVAC hosts harvest dinner Oct. 21
- Mosier Senior Center hosts Harvest Fair
- Blacksmith Bob Denman at District Garden Club meeting Oct. 28
- ‘Gen Silent’ film, workshop on Oct. 25
- ‘Gender, Dignity and Freedom’ Oct. 24: Gender identity panel
- Sheriff Log, Oct. 8 to 14
Sixth Annual Harvest Fest Pie Eating Contest
The sixth annual Pie Eating Contest at Hood River Harvest Fest is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and HRVHS youth service group Leaders for Tomorrow. HRVHS student Dylan Polewczyk won the 1-minute fruit-pie eating event. Key rule, as stated by Chamber President Jason Shaner, “You have to eat the pie, you can’t just dislocate it. We will be checking for pie dislocation.” Enlarge