FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Spraying for mountain pine beetle means closures for several campgrounds in Colorado's high country.
Officials in the Canyon Lakes Ranger District report that snowfall in May delayed its spraying plans so several recreation areas will see closures in the next couple weeks:
- Dowdy Campground and Day-use (closing at 1 p.m. on May 30)
- Mountain Park Campground and Day-use (Non-reservation sites will remain open and available until 24-48 hours before spraying occurs.)
- Jacks Gulch Campground (closed on May 28)
- West Lake Campground and Day-use (Closing at 1 p.m. May 30)
- Redfeather Work Center (Visitor Center is likely to experience a temporary closure as well.)
Officials plan to spray about 7,000 pine trees with Carbaryl. However, officials said they need calm weather and dry conditions to spray the trees.
"All spraying is expected to be completed by mid-June. However, additional snow or rain may delay operations further," officials said in a news release.
Campgrounds can be reopened 48 hours after spraying is complete.
Visitors can check a recreation area's status online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/arp or by calling the visitor information office at 970-295-6700.