Falling limb hazards have led South Carolina to temporarily close the Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve to campers. State officials report serious injuries to a camper (who defied the ban) as evidence that the concern is real. In addition, the large amount of dead wood is a fire hazard that has led to a campfire ban.
Park officials say the camping ban is temporary, but will last until the dangerous limbs fall down or are removed. Invasive species, such as Hemlock Wooly Adelgid do considerable harm to our parks and environment and degrade our quality of life. It is important that government agencies do all they can to exclude these pests and monitor hitchhikers on international trade goods.