PLACERVILLE — The Wrights Lake Recreation Area of the Eldorado National Forest was severely damaged last winter when numerous large green trees were blown over by extremely high winds. Several hundred trees fell during the wind storms causing extensive damage to the campground, picnic areas and trails.
During a special clean-up event on June 6 and 7, a portion of the campground will be open to the public for woodcutting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Woodcutters must have a valid permit, available from all Eldorado National Forest Ranger District offices.
The Wrights Lake Recreation Area, which includes the campground, day use areas around Wrights and Dark Lakes and trailheads, including the trails around the lakes and into Desolation Wilderness, will be closed to the public until they can be cleaned up.
This will allow us to bring in heavy equipment to remove the windfall, an operation which will decrease the danger in these areas. Pacific Ranger District employees are working hard to make the area safe, get the campgrounds, trails and day use areas open.
“We intend to open the area for people to enjoy as quickly as possible,” stated Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree, “but, right now the trails are covered with trees, the campground is unusable and numerous hazards still exist.”