McBride Springs campground to reopen June 24, 2011

by Shasta Cascade on June 23, 2011

Good news for campers: the McBride Springs Campground, located a couple miles out of town on the Everitt Memorial Highway, will reopen for the first time since 2009.   Interesting fact though: the newspaper article says that the campground was closed due to the discovery of a fungal infection.  However, I thought it was closed due to tree damage endured during the massive January storm that year.   Whatever the reason, it’s good to have McBride open for business again.

From the Mt. Shasta News:

Mount Shasta, Calif. —

The McBride Springs campground, which has been closed since 2009, is scheduled to re-open this Friday, June 24.

The campground hosts 11 campsites in an alpine setting with scenic views of Mt. Shasta and surrounding mountains. It is located on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest six miles east of the city of Mount Shasta on the Everitt Memorial Highway.

The campground was closed following the discovery of an extensive fungal infection affecting white fir trees in the campground, according to a Forest Service press release.

The fungal infection, known as Annosus root disease, kills the trees by weakening their root structure. Infected trees cannot be reliably identified based solely on above-ground symptoms and diseased trees may topple over unexpectedly even if they appear healthy, the Forest Service states. This situation created a serious safety hazard for campers and prompted the closure.

To open the campground and provide for camper safety, the Forest Service said approximately 220 to 230 potentially hazardous trees were cut and removed earlier this year. Using funds available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Forest Service and the California Conservation Corps have been working to remove the leftover slash and woody debris to naturalize the campground.

In addition to cleaning up slash, local Forest Service staff planted hundreds of ponderosa pine seedlings which are not affected by this strain of the disease and added additional native plants and shrubs within the campground area, according to the Forest Service. Additional cleanup and naturalization is expected to continue throughout the season.

For more information, contact the Mount Shasta Ranger Station at 926-4511.

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