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Dead trees hot topic for council

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” Residents will have 10 days to cut down ” or make a plan to cut down ” trees infested with or killed by pine beetles if a new law is passed by the Town Council this fall.

The 10 days start when the town determines the trees are a wildfire hazard. Trees not cut down within 10 days can be cut down by the town and the homeowner may be charged twice the cost for removal.

The new law, which the Town Council will discuss at its meeting Tuesday, was prompted by a community survey in which residents said the dealing with the spread of pine beetles was a priority.



“We want to let property owners know that leaving dead trees on their property can increase the potential for property damage during a wildfire,” said Tom Talbot, the Vail Fire Department’s wildland coordinator. “These measures will help the town encourage removal of dead trees while creating a defensible space around property to make it easier for firefighters to protect if a wildfire were to occur.”

Residents also need a permit to cut down dead trees. Applications to remove dead and dying trees are available at the Town of Vail Community Development Department or on the town’s Web site at http://www.vailgov.com. Homeowners may be required to plant new vegetation.

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Talbot said that homeowners who are unsure if they have infested or dead trees on their property should call the town’s Pine Beetle Hotline at 477-3509 to schedule a free pine beetle and defensible space assessment.

Residents unable to attend the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m., or who wish to share their comments in advance can contact the Vail Town Council at 479-1860 or towncouncil@vailgov.com.

For more information, contact Talbot at 477-3509.


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