Shasta-Trinity National Forest Hosting Public Meetings About Facility Use Changes at Campgrounds

This is a press release from the U.S. Forest Service:

United States Forest Service USFSRedding, Calif. — The Shasta-Trinity National Forest will be hosting two public meetings in the coming weeks to inform the public about recreational facility use changes at two developed campgrounds on the forest.

The Philpot Campground near Hayfork, California and the Big Bar Campground west of Weaverville, California were found to have low visitor usage and close proximity to other developed campgrounds. Forest officials are considering changing these two facilities from overnight camping areas to day use only facilities in which overnight stays will not be permitted.

The first meeting will take place on June 19, 2018, at 4 p.m. at the Weaverville Ranger Station, 360 Main Street, Weaverville, California. The second meeting will take place on June 26, 2018, at 4 p.m. at the Hayfork Ranger Station, 111 Trinity Street, Hayfork, California.

If you are unable to attend one of the public meetings please feel free to contact Sally Cousins, sallyacousins@fs.fed.us, Recreation Officer, at 360 Main Street, Weaverville, California with your questions.

For a .pdf version of this release, click here.

To learn more about the Shasta-Trinity National Forest visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/stnf/home

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6 comments

  • Yuck. Closing camp grounds because they are not crowded enough is an awful idea. I used to look for such places to get away from the crowds, now they want to ensure this can’t be done? Long live the camp site not yet discovered by everyone!

    • If you can do without the conveniences of an established campground there is a wealth of public land where you can camp for free. Once you’re off the beaten path privacy usually isn’t a problem. Get out and enjoy your national forests and other public lands.

  • Big bar one already remodeled for day use only, started work a month ago. Part of day use is removing trash cans so you can expect that one to get a little dirtier

  • the forest service does these surveys during weekdays to show low use numbers, i find it sad these guys make bad data like this to justify reducing expenditures.

  • What gets me is they’re really starting to restrict activities allowed in state parks and campgrounds because of overuse and the destruction that overuse causes, then they go and shut down the campgrounds that get less use and concentrate all those people into a smaller number of campgrounds. Personally I prefer camping areas with no facilities, my idea of camping is not setting up a tent 5 feet away from your neighbors and having to listen to them make margaritas in their blender while they’re running their eu2000.

  • Unfortunately, Philpot Campground is convenient to the Trinity Pines and gets populated with seasonal cannabis workers who set up temporary residence at the site. They overstay the 2 week limit and get combative and indignant when advised to move along. They trash the place, vandalize facilities, and the campground becomes unfit for families or other people who just want to enjoy a little camping in the forest. Several other FS campgrounds are similarly abused. Converting them to day use only is one way to attempt to deal with the problem.
    Not many people outside the cannabis industry venture into the area any more. There’s a lot of beauty here, but people are determined to destroy it. Keeping our public lands and facilities clean and safe is impossible as things are.

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