Major logging operations continue in beetle-kill areas
One of the few lodgepole seedlings to survive the industrial clearcutting on the north shore of the Frisco Peninsula.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Logging crews have worked their way around the Frisco Peninsula to the northeast-facing shore and are cutting down to within a few feet of the trail and the boundary with Denver Water land. The logging is several miles away from the nearest neighborhood. There are no power lines in the area, and no streams, although the clear-cutting could protect Dillon Reservoir from the direct impacts of a fire in that particular area. Here’s a look at how it’s going.
Before: Plenty of healthy grasses, forbs and shrubs, along with young lodgepole pines two to three feet tall.
This little pine seedling got in the way of one of the logging trucks.
This one looks like it may bounce back, even after being run over several times.
For perspective, here's the area adjacent to the logging operation. It won't be long until this area looks like ...
... this. Healthy forest "restoration."
Pre-cutting, with natural forest regeneration under way; healthy groundcover, widely spaced and open lodgepole canopy letting in sunlight to fuel seedling growth ...
Here's the road from the Dickey Point trail head leading to the area in the previous photos. Forest Service officials say no erosion control measures are required during the logging process, and that's good, because there aren't any to be seen anywhere in this project area. If will look much better in the next few weeks as crews reclaim the road after the tree-cutting is down.
Heavy machinery is on the move in the quest to restore Summit County's forests.
Logging on the Peninsula, Sept. 2011.
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