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Eagle County trees targeted by feds

Aspen Times Staff Report
Eagle County, CO Coloraado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The U.S. Forest Service is contemplating removing dead trees that pose a threat near roads, trails and recreation sites in Summit, Eagle and Pitkin counties.

“This project is in response to the tremendous number of dead trees resulting from the current epidemic of mountain pine beetle,” the federal agency announced in a statement. “As the root systems of dead trees decay, the standing dead trees represent a significant hazard to the public as well as Forest Service personnel.”

The removal of the trees would take place over 10 years. Most of the trees that present a danger are lodgepole pines.

The proposal is to remove hazard trees within 150 feet of national forest system roads and trails as well as state or county roads crossing the White River National Forest. Hazardous trees within 200 feet of national forest recreation sites and Forest Service administrative sites also would be removed.

The Forest Service will hold an open house on the plan from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 at the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel.

Written comments will be accepted from the public until March 13. Comments should be mailed to: Forestwide Hazard Tree Removal Project; Attn. Jan Burke; 900 Grand Ave.; Glenwood Springs, CO 81602; or via e-mail to: wrnf_scoping_comments@fs.fed.us.

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