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Removal of rotten trees at state campgrounds may exceed $1M

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — State parks officials say removing trees infested with spruce bark beetles at two campgrounds in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough could cost more than $1 million.

Anchorage television station KTVA reports state officials hope to obtain U.S. Forest Service money to remove the trees.

The state announced last week that Byers Lake Campground in Denali State Park and the South Rolly Campground in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area would stay closed for the summer for tree removal.

Officials say campers could be hurt by falling trees made rotten by spruce bark beetles.

Mat-Su state parks superintendent Stuart Leidner says the Division of Forestry gave an initial estimate of $1.2 million for forestry crews to use hand tools to remove hazardous trees around campgrounds and cabins.

The Associated Press