Forest Service to cut trees near Minturn
MINTURN — As a part of the Minturn Wildland Urban Interface Stewardship project, the U.S. Forest Service contractors will soon begin cutting and removing beetle-killed trees in an area near the town of Minturn. White River National Forest officials said that a helicopter logging operation will commence along the Grouse Lake Trail, from the fork of West Grouse Trail to the Meadow Mountain Trail tie-in. Additionally, the operation will be taking place off the Martin Creek Trail to its boundary with private land. Cutting on the project was slated to commence last week with the removal by helicopter starting this week. A helicopter is being used because access to parts of the project area is very difficult. This project has been designed to promote forest health and reduce hazardous fuels in an area very close to Minturn.
“A primary concern with any logging operation is public safety,” said Dave Neely, district ranger for the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District. “That concern has prompted us to close several trails and sites for the duration of the helicopter operation.”
The trails will be closed to the public during helicopter flight operations. Closure information will be posted at the Martin Creek Trailhead.
Updated information about the project and the resulting trail closures may be obtained by calling the Forest Service office in Minturn at 970-827-5715.
“We realize there will be some short term impacts to users of the Grouse Creek and Martin Creek areas,” Neely said. “Providing closure information and alternative access routes to our users is key in making this project progress smoothly. Public safety is our top priority during logging operations in these popular recreation areas.”