ENTIAT — An infestation of mountain pine beetles has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to close the Cottonwood Campground on the Entiat Ranger District until trees can be removed.
Beetles in recent years have killed lodgepone pine trees in the popular campground, and those trees are now at risk of falling, a Forest Service news release said.
The agency has been cutting hazardous trees every year before reopening the campground. This year, they discovered a significant increase in the dead trees, enough to keep the campground closed until the remaining dead trees are cut down and removed.
Located 38 miles northwest of Highway 97A, the campground will remain closed until further notice.