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SUNRIVER, OR -- Cultus Lake Campground reopens Friday after crews removed 500 dead and diseased trees from the area. Jean Nelson Dean, with the Deschutes National Forest acknowledges the decision to close the popular site early in the season was difficult, but says it was necessary. She tells KBND News, "They were hazard trees. A lot of them were very pulpy on the inside; they only had a little bit of bark around them and could easily fall on visitors or visitors' vehicles, and it created a real public safety risk. We were very happy that we were able to get those trees down and we can reopen the campground and it will be safe for everyone."


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The day-use and boat launch areas opened a week ago, "So this is kind of the final piece of being able to open up the campground and have the whole area be open to the public," says Nelson Dean. "People can be in there with their families and get back to enjoying a very popular campground at this time of year." She adds, "We know it was a difficult situation. We know it's hard for people to understand when they've made plans to go into an area. But, we really appreciate the public's patience with us and we're very pleased with the results, that we have a nice, safe campground for everyone to be in."


Reservations can be made at the Forest Service website; click HERE for details. However, campsites this weekend will only be available on a first come, first serve basis, beginning 8 a.m. Friday.


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