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Breckenridge: More info on the proposed Peak 6 expansion

Breckenridge open house set for June 23; Front Range open house coming up, as well as a Peak 6 site visit on July 14

Healthy spruce and fir forest on Peak 6.

By Summit Voice

BRECKENRIDGE — It’s a common misconception that the trees within the proposed Breckenridge Peak 6 expansion area are lodgepole pines dying from the pine beetle epidemic.

In reality, healthy spruce and fir forest, including ancient legacy trees, dominate the alpine terrain, as described in the U.S. Forest Service draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS): “Spruce-fir within stands average approximately 90 years in age, although some stands may be much older in the Peak 6 area, where individual trees over 300 years of age were observed (legacy trees).”

The Forest Service is providing citizens with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Forest Service personnel and learn more about all the proposed alternatives in the DEIS at June 23 open house, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Beaver Run Ballroom of the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, located at 620 Village Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams will make a formal presentation at 5 p.m. describing goals of the project, alternatives analyzed including the preferred alternative, and options for the public to comment on the DEIS.

The Breckenridge Open House is the first of three opportunities for the public to learn more about the Peak 6 Project.

June 23
Breckenridge Open House
Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center
620 Village Road, Breckenridge, Colorado
4:00 – 7:00 PM

July 7
Front-Range Open House
Forest Service Region 2 Office, 740 Simms Street Golden, CO
4:00 – 7:00 PM

July 14
Breckenridge Ski Resort Site Visit, Breckenridge Ski Resort.

If you plan to attend the site visit, please RSVP to Shelly Grail Braudis at sgrail@fs.fed.us by July 7, or call her at (970) 262-3484.

The DEIS is available for public comment at BreckenridgePeak6.com. The website is set up to make it very easy to read and comment on individual paragraphs within the DEIS.

Questions regarding the Open House or the Breckenridge Ski Resort Peak 6 Project DEIS should be directed to Joe Foreman, Dillon Ranger District Winter Sports Administrator, at 970-262-3443.

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3 Responses

  1. This should be a very informative, and possibly raucous, occasion. I’ll be there, and am excited for it! Thanks Bob.

  2. Alternative 3 hasn’t been widely publicized. Let’s hope at the open houses people will get a chance to look at it. It provides access to Peak 6 terrain with less disruption of the environment and cutting down of 300 year old legacy trees.

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