WILLOWS, Calif. — The Mendocino National Forest has issued a closure order for Wells Cabin Campground on the Grindstone Ranger District due to hazard trees.
The closure is officially referenced as Order Number 08-13-07 and is in effect today through Aug. 15, 2014. However, if the hazard tree issue is mitigated, the campground could reopen earlier. The order is available online at www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.
While the trees in the area still have green needles and look alive, resource specialists have found that the internal structure has been compromised and is rotting from the inside out. This weakening of the tree trunk poses a greater risk of sudden collapse without warning, posing a threat to campers using the facility.
“Visitor safety is our highest priority,” said Forest Supervisor Sherry Tune. “As fire season winds down this fall, we will be able to have Forest personnel further evaluate the trees, identifying a safe way to mitigate the hazard so we can once again open this popular recreation site. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on a solution.”
Violation of the closure order is punishable by a fine of no more than $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for an organization, or up to six months imprisonment or both.
For more information, please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530.934.3316 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.
SOURCE: Mendocino National Forest press release