Tree Removal Begins at Campground Burned by King Fire

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A tree removal project is underway at the Stumpy Meadows Campground near Georgetown, which was scorched by the King Fire last year.

With the approval of the U.S. Forest Service, loggers are removing thousands of dead or badly damaged trees, totaling about 1.3 million board-feet of lumber.

Fire recovery projects of this kind normally face a lengthy approval process, but this one was federally fast-tracked because of the danger the burned trees could have posed to the public at the campground, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The wood from the mostly pine and fir trees will be sold to lumber mills.

​Some of of the sale proceeds will go to the logging contractor, Fox Enterprise of Pollock Pines, and some will come back to the Eldorado National Forest.

The fire recovery plan includes the eventual planting of new trees in the area.

The Forest Service completed a tree-thinning project at the Stumpy Meadows campground a few years ago, which is credited with helping prevent some portions of the campground from burning in the King Fire.

The campground is scheduled for re-opening by the Fourth of July.

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