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Beetle salvage project by Forest Service

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado – Eagle/Holy Cross District Ranger Brian Lloyd recently announced that the White River National Forest is releasing a proposal to salvage approximately 1763 acres of mountain pine beetle infested lodgepole pine. Ranger Lloyd commented that, “This is a small but important step in addressing a crisis that will continue to be with us for years to come.”

Four separate areas on the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger Districts are included in Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Upper Eagle River Beetle Salvage Project. These areas are located near Indian Creek north of Vail on Red Sandstone Road, West Grouse west of Minturn, Tigiwon south and west of Minturn off Highway 24 and Yoder just north of Camp Hale along Highway 24.

Two of the four areas were analyzed for environmental impacts under previous studies that did not include impacts from the mountain pine beetle epidemic. This project was completed under the authority of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003.

The purpose of this salvage is to reduce the danger of accumulated heavy fuels, implement forest health and capture the economic value of the beetle-killed timber. As an authorized hazardous fuels reduction project, it is not subject to the usual notice, comment and appeals process. However, an objection process is outlined in 36 CFR part 218, subpart A.

The EA is also available online at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/projects/ or can be obtained in person at the Holy Cross Ranger District Office in Minturn. For more information contact Shelby Limberius at 970-827-5161 or email: slimberis@fs.fed.us.


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