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Bumblebee Campground closed for 2014 season
Bumblebee Campground closed for 2014 season

A popular Idaho campground will be closed for the entirety of the 2014 camping season. Bumblebee Campground, located in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, will  be closed while crews work to remove diseased and damaged trees.

“It’s a very difficult decision to close such a popular campground,” said Coeur d’Alene River District Ranger Chad Hudson. “But with so many dangerous trees in the area we cannot allow the public to camp there until all of the hazards have been removed.”

Damaged and diseased trees become a hazard when storms blow through the area, as high winds become too much for the weak trees. A 2006 storm caused a lot of damaged to the campsite when winds knocked down multiple trees. A wind storm in August 2013 caused the death of Idaho Panhandle National Forest camper at the Stagger Inn Campground when a 200 foot tree fell on a tent.

Crews will begin tree removal at Bumblebee in late spring and expect the work to last through the summer. When the tree removal is complete Forest Service staff will evaluate the site to determine its safety and reopening options.

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