Contractor clearing out beetle-killed trees
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —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 trucks will use Upper Royal Buffalo Drive, Twenty Grand Road, and the Ryan Gulch Road.
Please check the White River National Forest Alerts webpage for updated information.If you have any questions, please contact the Dillon Ranger District at 970-468-5400.
Guidelines to help avoid risk in beetle-kill areas (from the White River NF website):
- Avoid dense patches of trees. They can fall without warning.
- Stay out of the forest when there are strong winds. If you are in the forest and the winds kick up, head to a clearing out of reach of any trees.
- Place campers and tents in areas where they will not be hit by a falling tree.
- When driving in remote areas of the forest, park close to a main road rather than on a spur or one-way section. If trees fall across the road you may be trapped.
- Bring an axe or chainsaw to remove fallen trees if you become trapped.
- Do not rely on cell phones for safety. There is no coverage in many areas of the fores