SPRINGERVILLE — Gabaldon Horse Campground is closed (Closure Order #01-16-587) due to a number of tree hazards that have made entry unsafe. The closure order will be in effect until the tree hazards are mitigated during a removal project slated for this spring. We are sorry for any inconvenience this project creates, however, hazard tree management is vital in providing safety for forest visitors.
A tree hazard refers to any potential tree failure due to a structural defect that may result in property damage or personal injury. It is difficult to predict tree failure with certainty because of the complex interaction between tree and environment. Hazard trees include dead or dying trees, dead parts of live trees, or unstable live trees due to structural defects or other factors. A defective tree is hazardous only when its failure could result in damage to something of value. In recreation areas, we are concerned with structures, forest visitors, vehicles, or other property.