East Lake campground and boat launch will close on Thursday in preparation for a U.S. Forest Service project that will remove diseased trees in Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
The Forest Service announced Friday that the closure is related to the “Shield” forest management project, which removes trees showing signs of future failure from disease or insect infestation. Trees are removed from recreation areas and roadsides within Newberry Caldera.
Work on the project will continue through the fall with campgrounds, recreation sites and trails in the national monument closing on a rotating basis while operators remove trees in each area, according to a news release from the Forest Service.
East Lake campground and boat launch will reopen once work in the area is complete. The Forest Service stopped taking reservations for the campground in August.
In addition, Little Crater and Cinder Hill campgrounds, along with Chief Paulina Horse Camp, will stop taking reservations on Monday and will operate on a first-come, first-served basis until work in those areas begins. Newberry group camp will stop taking reservations on Sept. 14.
Tree removal work is slated to continue through 2020 and may affect campground reservations next year.