PRINEVILLE, OR -- Forty acres of forest near Walton Lake, northeast of Prineville, remains closed to recreators, due to public safety concerns. Ochoco National Forest officials say the area is infected with a tree disease that weakens roots and can cause them to fall without warning. Laminated Root Rot is considered the most damaging root disease of forest trees in Oregon and Washington.
A one-year closure was issued in May 2017, and renewed Tuesday; it'll remain in place until the Forest Service can deal with the threat to people's safety. Click HERE
to read the full order. It prevents people from visiting an area that borders the busiest recreation site on the Ochoco National Forest. Walton Lake, its boat launch and campground
will open as normal, May 15.