UTICA, Ill. (AP) — Most of the trails at Starved Rock State Park have remained closed after a storm damaged countless trees four weeks ago.
The Pantagraph reports the northern Illinois park is waiting for an emergency contract to be awarded for tree removal. The damage includes limbs that hang dangerously over the trails.
The park superintendent says hikers who ignore the closed trail signs are subject to fines of at least $120.
A conservation police officer says as he was issuing a ticket Sunday, a big oak tree came crashing down.
Park staff and state workers have already cleared some trails and repaired damaged boardwalks and stairs.