Beaver Creek plan up for review |

Beaver Creek plan up for review

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Forest Service has completed an environmental assessment for the Beaver Creek Ski Area Forest Health Project. This assessment is now available for public review and comment.

The purpose of this project is to reduce risks to the public and to ski area infrastructure from falling trees and to create conditions that would hasten forest regeneration following the mountain pine beetle epidemic. This will be accomplished by removing dead, dying and susceptible trees.

The proposed action includes work on on up to 553 acres of lodgepole pine on National Forest lands within Beaver Creek Ski Resort. –

The forest at the ski area has changed dramatically in recent years due to the epidemic. Forests within the ski area are in a state of flux, with conditions expected to deteriorate year to year until the epidemic is over.

It is projected that an average of 80 percent of the mature lodgepole pine could be lost in lodgepole-dominated stands. Extensive loses of mature lodgepole pine are also expected in mixed conifer stands if the epidemic continues at its current pace.

The proposed treatments are designed to accommodate the changing conditions within the ski area. Some actions, such as hazard tree removal, may occur every year. Other treatments, such as clear cutting, may occur as single-year treatments.

For more information or to request a hard copy of the EA, contact Peech Keller, phone 970-262-3495 or email:

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