Mar 11,2009 00:00
TILLAMOOK COUNTY, Ore. -- The small, primitive campground at Oswald West State Park on the north Oregon coast was closed in June 2008. The closure was announced after a large, mature spruce tree fell around midnight in the middle of the campground. Even though the campground was full, no one was injured. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department closed the campground. Slightly more than 15,000 people a year normally camp in the 30-site campground. The main trails and the beach accesses, visited by nearly a million people every year, were never closed, and remained open year-round.
1) Leave the trees in place and open the campground.
2) Cut down the hazardous trees and reopen the campground.
3) Leave nearly all the trees in place, keep the campground closed, and re-open the area to day hikes only.
To protect the park for nearly a million visitors who walk its trails, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department prefers Option 3: leave nearly all the trees in place, and keep the campground closed