The campground and group camping area at South Whidbey Island State Park in Washington has been closed for the 2015 season because of the risk that diseased old-growth trees will fall.
Washington State Parks reported that several large Douglas fir trees had snapped and fallen across campsites. Tree assessments found large levels of heart rot in the stems of large old-growth trees. Officials will initiate a site-planning process to determine the future of the campground area. The park remains open for day use.