Bark beetles lead Nevada County Fairgrounds to remove 45 trees |

Bark beetles lead Nevada County Fairgrounds to remove 45 trees

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is removing 45 dead trees because of a bark beetle infestation. Officials plan to reforest the area early next year.
Alan Riquelmy/ |

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is cutting down and removing 45 dead trees killed by bark beetles to ensure the infestation doesn’t spread to other pines at the McCourtney Road site.

The trees, which will be hauled away this weekend, were confirmed dead by a forester. Officials initially thought only 22 trees needed removal from the RV area at the grounds’ rear, though that number climbed after another look, said Rea Callender, the fairgrounds’ CEO.

“That’s very important,” Callender said, noting he never would remove a living tree. “There’s no other way.”

The fairgrounds will pay between $5,000 and $6,000 to remove the trees.

Callender said he’s working on a reforestation plan to replace the lost pines. The replanting is tentatively scheduled for early next year.

“Look at it,” Callender said as he walked Thursday through the fairgrounds. “We’re the most beautiful fairgrounds in California.”

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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