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A handful of Forest Service campgrounds near Georgetown Lake have been shut down after several strong wind storms swept through and toppled numerous trees.

The Piney and Cable campgrounds will remain closed through the season while workers take out hazardous trees.

Three RVs, a boat and two boat trailers have been struck by falling trees at Piney, said Charlene Bucha Gentry, Pintler district ranger. And just over the weekend, a tree fell and damaged a latrine in the campground.

The Forest Service has worked over the past couple years to clear dead and dying trees to make campgrounds safer. But the thinning also leaves the remaining trees more prone to falling.

“They’re tall, slender, long and they’re fairly close to each other, so they kind of rely on each other to keep them straight and stable,” Gentry said. “Once you remove some of the trees, they’re not as stable as they once were.”

In addition, the small Canyon Creek campground west of Melrose is shut down while a crew removes trees. And the public has fewer choices because of scheduled maintenance and improvements at the Grasshopper campground and the Notch, West Fork and May Creek cabins on the forest.

The closures due to falling trees are just part of the tough year the Forest Service has had to deal with this year. Rodreick said land managers have had several washed out roads and other damage from the heavy snowpack and wet, cold spring.

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