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Forest Health

Forest Health

This page chronicles the Summit County Citizens Voice articles on forest health and the pine beetle epidemic.

is there any hope? We need to find the political and social will to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions, and some researchers suggest studying options for replanting with new species and using managed fire to improve forest health.

Forest cover plays big role in global warming measurements

Posted on November 18, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Impacts of  deforestation on global warming vary with latitude

New research on the relationship between forest cover and surface temperatures suggest that deforestation in northern latitudes may have a regional cooling effect, but closer to the equator, cleared areas likely result in a net warming. In a nutshell, the [...]

Summit County: Logging traffic expected in Mesa Cortina

Posted on November 2, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Contractor clearing out beetle-killed trees

Residents of Mesa Cortina and Wildernest can expect more logging traffic this winter, as a contractor removes trees cut during ongoing forest health and wildfire hazard mitigation work. The project, a part of the White River Wildland Urban Interface Stewardship project in Summit County. Logging [...]

Breckenridge: Forest summit meeting comes to CMC

Posted on October 27, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Panels will focus on science and management

Conservation experts, forest managers, loggers and scientists will gather at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge this week to pow-wow once again on the condition of Colorado’s devastated lodgepole pine stands. The Colorado Bark Beetle Collaborative summit meeting is set for Friday, October 28, from 9:30 [...]

Report: New approach needed to prevent wildfire disasters

Posted on October 15, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

The U.S. Forest Service says preventing wildfire disasters requires a change of approach, away from costly and “strategically ineffective” efforts aimed at increasing fire protection capabilities.  Instead, efforts should be focused toward reducing the ignition potential directly around homes …

USFS touts wood as low-emission building material

Posted on October 3, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Forest Service research shows that timber stacks up well against other building materials

The U.S. Forest Service is touting the benefits of wood as a green building material, in part to encourage the use of beetle-killed timber from the Rocky Mountain region. A recent study found that, “harvesting, transporting, [...]

Summit County: Tree-clearing to begin on Peaks Trail

Posted on September 29, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Forest Service continues hazard tree removal

The popular Peaks Trail, between Frisco and Breckenridge, and the Gold Hill Trail are next up for hazard tree removal, with work set to begin Oct. 5. The work is expected to continue through October and November or as long as weather permits. [...]

Summit County: Clearcutting the Frisco Peninsula

Posted on September 26, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Major logging operations continue in beetle-kill areas

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 [...]

Forest study shows value of protecting streams

Posted on September 22, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Forest buffers around streams during logging projects can help keep the water cool

A long-term study conducted across 33 sites in Oregon shows how important it is to protect stream corridors with tree buffers during logging projects. Stream temperatures are a particular concern for cold-water fish such as trout [...]

Summit County: How do you measure forest recovery?

Posted on September 15, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Local forest health group to discuss restoration and monitoring at a Sept. 15 lunch meeting in Frisco; the public is invited

After nearly a decade of pine beetle infestation and widespread clear-cutting in Summit County, the local forest health task force is starting to look at how to monitor [...]

South Dakota gets $3 million for bark beetle fight

Posted on September 11, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Most of the money aimed at removing hazard trees

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the U.S. Forest Service last week announced $3 million in cooperative federal grants for community assistance, bark beetle, and forest health needs in South Dakota. The federal grant awards complement Gov. Daugaard’s recently announced Black Hills [...]

Firewood transport spreads deadly oak infestation

Posted on September 3, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Education, enlightened self-interest seen as key to halting spread

The transport of firewood from Arizona to California may be to blame for a catastrophic infestation of goldspotted oak borer, which has killed more than 80,000 oak trees in San Diego County in the last decade. The spread of the [...]

Environment: Are New England’s iconic maples at risk?

Posted on August 31, 2011 by Jenney Coberly

Invasive Asian longhorned beetle has potential for wide reach in region’s forests

An Asian beetle that arrived in the U.S. via wooden packing material in the 1990s could spread into forests near northeastern cities, according to a study appearing in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Forest [...]

Global warming: Whitebark pine in danger of extinction

Posted on August 16, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Feds say global warming one of the key threats to iconic western trees

Climate change is one of the factors threatening whitebark pine, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists said last month, declaring that the iconic high altitude tree of the northern Rockies needs endangered species protection. But even [...]

Summit County: Keystone gets OK for forest health work

Posted on August 11, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Salvage logging approved on about 1,600 acres at Colorado ski area

Keystone Ski Area has a green light to begin salvage logging and other forest restoration efforts across 1,648 acres at the resort as part of a project to reduce risks to the public and infrastructure from falling trees. [...]

Summit County forest health group eyes statewide efforts

Posted on August 10, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Economic use of beetle-killed wood a high priority for forest experts

Some key players from Colorado’s emerging  forest health and forest products field will discuss the latest info from a statewide perspective  during this week’s meeting of the Summit Forest Health Task Force roundtable [...]

Forest-killing fungi could multiply in a warming world

Posted on August 8, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Permian forest extinction offers clues to current climate change impacts

A warming climate has already been implicated in the rapid expansion of bark beetles that have killed millions of acres of western forests. The beetles transmit a fungus that causes the blueish stain seen in the cut stems of [...]

Colorado’s struggling sawmills get some relief

Posted on August 5, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Forest Service to allow mutual cancellation of unfavorable timber contracts

Three struggling sawmills in Colorado will have a chance to get out of some costly timber contracts that were signed before the 2008 recession collapsed the timber and housing markets. Some of the mills locked into those contracts have [...]

Old growth forest preservation has climate benefits

Posted on July 24, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Research shows logging cuts in Pacific Northwest increase carbon sequestration

Researchers at Oregon State University and the Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station have used satellite sensing and other high-tech mapping tools to show that a 1993 plan to preserve old-growth forest habitat had a powerful and unintended consequence [...]

Summit County: Look out for logging on Colorado Trail

Posted on July 21, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

More hazard tree removal set for popular hiking path between the Swan River and Highway 9

The ongoing hazard tree removal work in Summit County this summer will include logging along the Colorado Trail, between the North Fork of the Swan Road (FDR #354.1) and Tiger Run RV Resort [...]

Colorado: Another twist in the roadless saga

Posted on July 20, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

California congressman wants to revoke roadless status for all federal lands

In another twist to the seemingly endless saga of roadless land management, Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy has introduced legislation that would lift what he calls restrictive management practices on inventoried roadless areas and terminate both the 2001 and [...]

Colorado: Roadless rule elicits more than 50,000 comments

Posted on July 15, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Conservation groups still seeking more protection for certain areas

U.S. Forest Service officials say they’ve received more than 50,000 comments on a draft roadless rule that would determine management of more that 4 million acres of national forest land in Colorado. The comment period ended July 14 after a [...]

Summit County: Forest health groups pow-wow in Frisco

Posted on July 13, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Groups will offer updates on statewide and regional forest health plans and strategies

Federal and state agencies have developed an elaborate and sometimes overlapping bureaucratic superstructure and spent millions of dollars to try and deal with impacts of the tiny bark beetles that are chewing their way through the [...]

Colorado: Big logging project begins on Frisco Peninsula

Posted on July 9, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Crown Point Road to be closed, campgrounds, trails remain open

Major logging operations are set to begin on the Frisco Peninsula July 11 as the U.S. Forest Service clears out beetle-killed trees. Campgrounds on the peninsula will stay open, but Crown Point Road (FSR #1008.1) will be closed to [...]

Summit County: USFS eyes sale of Dillon compound

Posted on July 7, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Agency also preparing a study on building a new facility along Dillon Dam Road

A long-discussed plan to sell off some Forest Service property in Dillon and develop a new housing and work compound along Dillon Dam Road may be moving closer to fruition, as the agency prepares both [...]

Colorado: Udall seeks relief for struggling sawmills

Posted on July 7, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Democratic senator says continued operation of wood processing plants critical in ongoing efforts to clear beetle-killed trees from forests around the state

Colorado’s struggling timber mills are getting some high-level help from Sen. Mark Udall, who is urging the U.S. Forest Service to modify several timber contracts that are [...]

Colorado: Aspen-area habitat restoration project gets OK

Posted on July 5, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Forest Service tackles 10-year project in the Roaring Fork Valley

With development rapidly eating up wildlife habitat along the bottomlands of Roaring Fork Valley, the U.S. Forest Service is going to try and make some large-scale improvements on national forest lands during the coming decade. White River National Forest [...]

Colorado: Over-eager motorists damaging forest areas

Posted on July 2, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Forest Service asking visitors to respect closures and wait for the snow to melt

Over-eager motorists in Colorado are causing extensive damaged to roadside vegetation by driving around snowdrifts in the high country, according to the U.S. Forest Service. “We know that people are anxious to get out and [...]

Summit County: Expert panel eyes future forest health

Posted on June 29, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

June 30 meeting will address emerging impacts to Colorado’s mountain forests

This week’s luncheon meeting (June 30) of the Summit County Forest Health Task Force will focus on how to optimize future forest conditions with the limited resources available to land managers. A panel of forest experts and ecologists will discuss what [...]

Wildfires: Forest regeneration stymied by hot crown fires

Posted on June 26, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Arizona research calculates wildfire carbon-balance impacts

Wildfires that have burned across almost 750,000 acres in Arizona are doing more than turning forests into charred stumps. Researchers with Northern Arizona University say the fires, burning in unnaturally dense stands of ponderosa pine, are turning the forests from carbon sinks into [...]

Summit County: Logging under way in Keystone Gulch

Posted on June 20, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Wildfire mitigation work continues in Summit County

Logging crews are clearing trees along three miles of Keystone Gulch Road this week, and the Forest Service is asking people to avoid the area if possible through June 24, as the road will be closed on and off. “This work is [...]

Summit County: Summer logging under way

Posted on June 8, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Logging slated in Lake Hill area

Hikers at the Old Dillon Reservoir Trail will see loggers at work clearing beetle-killed trees from the area. The work is aimed at addressing the effects of the pine beetle epidemic, and the Old Dillon Reservoir Authority is also planning on starting its enlargement project soon. [...]

Summit County: Some TLC for local forests

Posted on May 29, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Tree-planting volunteers needed for June 4 Legacy Forest project

After a 10-year pine-beetle epidemic Summit County’s forests are in need of some TLC, and the Bristlecone Foundation is once again helping the restoration efforts with a countywide tree-planting day coming up June 4. Volunteers are still needed for the [...]

Summit County awards $247,000 for wildfire mitigation

Posted on May 29, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Grant program targets fuel reduction around neighborhoods and in open space areas

Local officials last week awarded $247,000 for local projects under the hazardous fuels reduction grant program, including $26,500 to treat 19 acres in the Spruce Valley area at a cost of about $2,700 per acre. The grant [...]

Summit County: Forest Service OKs Keystone forest project

Posted on May 18, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Beetle-kill trees targeted for salvage logging, some spraying planned to protect high-value trees

Keystone Ski Area may be able to begin an extensive forest health treatment program this summer, clearing dead trees, spraying others to protect them from pine beetles and replanting seedlings to help speed recovery of beetle-stricken [...]

Summit County: Forest Health Task Force partners with outdoor group to raise awareness of bark beetle impacts

Posted on May 11, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

May 12 meeting to focus on the role of outdoor industry and local service groups

As a slow-moving ecological event, the bark beetle epidemic coursing through the Rocky Mountains has garnered plenty of attention from scientists and forest rangers, but has remained a bit under the radar of national publicity [...]

Summit County: Tree-planting volunteers wanted

Posted on April 28, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Forest Service, stewardship groups team up to replace beetle-killed trees at Blue River campground

The beetles came, the trees died and now it’s time to help restore the forest. That’s the plan for May 14 at the Blue River campground, north of Silverthorne, where about 120 volunteers are needed [...]

Summit County: Finding value in beetle-killed forests

Posted on April 13, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Local task force to brainstorm on economically sustainable uses

Switching back to an early morning meeting time, the Summit Forest Health Task Force will try to answer some of the most vexing questions about finding economically viable uses for the massive quantities of beetle-killed lodgepole pines that are piling [...]

Vail Resorts helps fund White River NF restoration work

Posted on April 8, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Upper Homestake Creek targeted in early efforts

]After tackling forest rehabilitation in the Hayman Burn area last year, Vail Resorts is contributing $200,000 this spring to help jumpstart a large-scale collaborative restoration and enhancement of national forest lands in the Vail and Eagle River valleys.  [...]

Colorado: Gov. Hickenlooper will tour Summit forests

Posted on March 29, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

State, federal foresters will lead site visit to local forest health treatment areas; public access limited because of potential safety concerns

Forest health: Is more federal money the answer?

Posted on March 27, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Sen. Mark Udall asks Forest Service to “reprogram” funds toward bark beetle work in the northern Rockies

Sen. Mark Udall is once again pounding the bark-beetle drum, asking top federal officials to recognize the catastrophic nature of the insect invasion and to provide adequate resources [...]

Colorado: Volunteers wanted for stewardship projects

Posted on March 25, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Outdoors group plans 40 projects this summer

If you’re starting to make some plans for summer vacation, consider giving something back to Colorado’s natural resources by volunteering to help plant trees Denver, restore the popular Hanging Lake trail in Glenwood Springs, re-forest campgrounds hit by pine beetles in Summit [...]

U.S. Forest Service holds open house on new planning rule

Posted on March 20, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

A broad new rule for national forest plans has been out in draft form for several weeks now, with the Forest Service taking public comment through the middle of May.

Colorado: Beetle-kill a catalyst for dramatic forest changes

Posted on March 15, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Lodgepoles dominating regrowth in harvested beetle-kill stands; subalpine fir replacing lodgepole in untreated areas
One of the first solid studies on forest regeneration in beetle-stricken areas shows that there will be a dramatic change in the forest landscape. Subalpine fir will come to dominate huge areas previously covered by [...]

Summit County: Dead forest equals more runoff

Posted on March 11, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Mid-winter flooding, high late-summer flows all signs of changing water regime
Widespread lodgepole pine mortality has increased both the abundance and timing of runoff in streams and irrigation ditches, Blue River water commissioner Scott Hummer said this week at a meeting of the Summit Forest Health Task Force.

Forest health and water supplies are closely linked

Posted on March 8, 2011 by Bob Berwy
March 10 Forest Health Task Force meeting to focus on the critical connections between forest management and water supplies
The dramatic changes in the local forest landscapes have implications far beyond visual impacts. The death of nearly all the mature lodgepole stands in the area could very well alter [...]

Global warming: Lodgepole pine may be down — and out

Posted on March 1, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Changing climate shrinks habitat for iconic western trees
Lodgepole pines may not only be down from the pinebeetle epidemic, it may be out, thanks to global warming, which is rapidly shrinking suitable habitat for the iconic Western tree. The hardy pine, which thrives in harsh mountain climates, may disappear [...]

UN designates 2011 as International Year of Forests

Posted on February 22, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Healthy forests, ecosystems, people and economies …
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. “The International Year of Forests provides an excellent platform to increase awareness of [...]

Morning photo: Year of forests

Posted on February 22, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
U.N. designation to help create awareness of forest issues
The International Year of Forests designation by the UN may help to raise awareness about some the serious environmental issues facing forests around the world. Here are a few forest images to show what’s at stake.

Morning photo: Ominous beauty

Posted on February 20, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Beetle-killed trees are part of the landscape.
After spending Friday afternoon and evening at the For the Forest symposium in Aspen, listening to leading scientists outline their recent research on global warming impacts on forests, it made me go back and look at some of my local forest images [...]

Global warming: Can we save our forests?

Posted on February 19, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Scientists explore forest adaptation, mitigation at forest pow-wow in Aspen.
Given the importance of forest ecosystems worldwide as carbon-absorbing areas, as wildlife habitat and sources of water, leading scientists this week called on policy makers to start [...]

Scientists detail forest, climate links at Aspen event

Posted on February 19, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Former Vice President Al Gore: “Climate change is a moral issue … and a fundamental challenge to our civilization”…

‘Canadian approach’ protects forest around Aspen

Posted on February 11, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Summit Forest Health Task Force gets update on beetle battle in Aspen.
An intensive — and expensive — treatment option for protecting lodgepole pines from beetles is showing some promise on a small test plot near Aspen, said For the Forest director [...]

Controlled burns needed to treat dead lodgepoles

Posted on January 15, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
White River NF supervisor says mechanical treatments not enough for forest health; prescribed fires needed to clear dangerous fuels.
Mechanical logging treatments aren’t enough to treat forests after the current outbreak of mountain pine beetles in Colorado, according to White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams, who continued to [...]

Summit County: Pine beetle fire risk may have peaked

Posted on January 13, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Federal funding for forest projects will shrink in 2011.
The Forest Service will continue focusing its forest health efforts on clearing dead lodgepoles from around recreation sites, trails, roads, powerlines and watersheds in 2011, but may see its funding dwindle in this region, according to White River National Forest [...]

Pine beetles go into Grinch mode

Posted on November 23, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Risk of falling trees curtails Christmas tree cutting program on Dillon Ranger District.
On top of all the grief the mountain pine beetles have already caused, they are now playing the role of the Grinch in Summit County, as the potential risk of falling dead trees has caused the [...]

Forest Service seeking exemptions for beetle-kill work

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Regional officials say normal timber contracting procedures are too slow and costly for dealing with the unprecedented emergency.
Local ski resorts are working with the US Forest Service and with national and state ski industry trade groups to try and get a special exemption from timber sale requirments  to [...]

Ophir Mountain logging aims at long-term forest health

Posted on October 23, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Summit County logging proposal raises universal questions about beetle-kill and forest health.
U.S. Forest Service rangers got an earful Thursday night in Frisco, as residents commented on the agency’s latest forest health proposal for about 1,700 acres on and around Ophir Mountain, between Frisco and Breckenridge. The Forest Service [...]

USFS wants comment on Ophir Mountain logging plan

Posted on October 4, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Forest health treatment proposed on 1,700 acres between Frisco and Breckenridge; plan requires 11 miles of logging roads.
In addition to all the work that’s already been done by Frisco and Summit County’s open space department, the U.S. Forest Service is now proposing to treat about 1,700 acres of [...]

Are beetle-killed forests more flammable – or not?

Posted on September 14, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
‘Bugs and fires are neither good nor bad, they just are.’
Using satellites to map beetle-killed areas and forest fires in the West, a team of researchers say they are not finding much evidence that large fires occur more often or with greater severity in forest tracts with beetle [...]

Sen. Udall seeking another $50 million for forest work

Posted on July 25, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Udall’s Summit County visit includes a stop at a clear-cut beetle-kill area near Dillon Reservoir on Denver Water land.
U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) said he’s looking for another $50 million for the U.S. Forest Service to pay for emergency tree-clearing near neighborhoods and critical infrastructure in forests hit [...]

After beetles, what’s next for Summit County’s forests?

Posted on July 3, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Some lodgepole areas are showing signs of re-growth, but absence of fire and reforestation could slow forest regeneration.
While mountain pine beetles continue to spread in some parts of Summit County, other areas are already on their way to recovery. Given the uncertainties of climate change and continued human disturbance in local [...]

Does beetle-kill increase runoff?

Posted on June 10, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
University of Alberta researchers take a close look at pine beetle impacts to water quality, quantity
Canadian researchers at the University of Alberta are delving into the question of how the pine beetle epidemic in western forests could affect runoff and water quality.

Forest health requires sustained community committment

Posted on June 10, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Summit County, Colorado forest health and wildfire mitigation issues at Summit Voice.

May 3 is deadline for comments on Keystone logging

Posted on April 28, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Breckenridge, Copper and Arapahoe Basin don’t have any specific proposals for forest health work in the pipeline, but will remove hazard trees as part of their routine summer maintenance plan.
May 3 marks the deadline for commenting on an extensive forest health project at Keystone Ski Area, where pine [...]

Global warming … it’s real: Read the science

Posted on March 29, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Report: Global warming may hit mountain areas harder.
Mountain tops and ridges in Summit County, Colorado may feel amplified global warming effects.

Report: Backcountry thinning won’t stop bark beetles

Posted on March 7, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Latest compilation of research underscores existing findings that thinning far from homes won’t stop the bugs from spreading and won’t reduce the fire risk.
Thinning lodgepole forests in the backcountry, far from towns and neighborhoods, does little to make people safer from wildfires and won’t prevent the spread of pine [...]

Public meeting for Breckenridge forest health project set

Posted on January 29, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Public meeting on Breckenridge forest health plan set for Feb. 10,  6 – 8 p.m. at Breckenridge Town Hall.
The U.S. Forest Service has set a Feb. 10 public meeting to present its latest version of the Breckenridge forest health project. Forest experts with the Dillon Ranger district said [...]

Beetles infested another half-million acres in 2009

Posted on January 22, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Forest experts concerned about Front Range impacts after seeing an explosion of new beetle activity in Larimer County in 2009.
Although the pace of pine beetle attacks in Summit County may have slowed slightly last year, the overall spread of the insect infestation shows no signs of slowing in [...]

Environment: Pine beetle “Battle of the Bulge?”

Posted on January 21, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Insect attacks slowed slightly in Summit County, forest experts to release 2009 aerial survey results.
Check back in with Summit Voice Friday  morning for the area’s most expert coverage of the pine beetle press conference.

Youth coalition to present pine beetle recommendations

Posted on January 13, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Jan. 14 presentation at Copper Mountain Conference Center will highlight findings and policy advice from Summit and Leadville middle-schoolers.
After getting some on-the-ground forestry experience and participating in several classroom sessions and stakeholder debates about forest health issues, a group middle-schoolers from Summit and Lake counties will present their [...]

USFS emphasizes collaboration on Breck logging plan

Posted on January 7, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Some Peak 7 residents still concerned that the proposal calls for too much clear cutting; Forest Service says it’s still refining maps for treatment areas based on public input.
The proposed forest health project in the Breckenridge area is evolving, as Forest Service rangers incorporate feedback from the public [...]

Field trip for Breckenridge logging project

Posted on January 6, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
A Jan. 9 Forest Service field trip in the Breckenridge area  to view some of the areas slated for forest health treatments is intended mainly for residents of the Peak 7 area.
Forest Service officials said that limited parking at the intended starting point of the trip may limit participation. The Forest Service is trying [...]

Lower Blue forest health salvage logging approved

Posted on December 23, 2009 by Bob Berwyn
4,000 acre project will help reduce wildfire risk for rural neighborhoods and speed forest regeneration.
The U.S. Forest Service this week gave final approval to a 4,000-acre forest health and logging project that will help protect some of the rural subdivisions in the Lower Blue from the wildfire threat [...]

Peak 7 logging: Project should focus on ‘red zone’

Posted on December 3, 2009 by Bob Berwyn

Local officials  said they will listen to public comment on a proposed forest health logging project in the Breckenridge area, and said the U.S. Forest Service needs to cooperate more closely with the community and try to focus its logging efforts in the critical Red Zone, where homes are at [...]

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