The seasonal reopening of Rustler Park Campground in the Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest has been delayed, according to a release from the U.S. Forest Service.
Forest health issues are cited as the reason the campground has not reopened yet. According to the release when crews were readying the area for the normally scheduled opening date of April 1, they found a large number of trees in and around the campground that had been toppled or uprooted during recent wind storms. Rustler Campground is found high in the Chiricahua Mountains.
Silviculturists, who specialize in the care and cultivation of forest trees, from the Coronado and Coconino national forests will be on hand on Tuesday, April 18 to conduct a stand assessment in the area, according to the release. This consists of inspecting the fallen trees, as well as inspecting trees that appear to be weakened by wind, insect infestations, disease or fire to help determine the extent of the problems.
After the assessment is complete and any trees deemed hazardous will be taken down, then Rustler Campground will be reopened. The date for this will be announced via a press release from the U.S. Forest Service.
For more information, please contact the Douglas Ranger District office at (520) 364-3468 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The office is closed on weekends and federal holidays.
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