Government Tracker " Eagle County Board of Commissioners 8/1/2006 |

Government Tracker " Eagle County Board of Commissioners 8/1/2006

What they talked about: The Eagle County Commissioners heard a quick update about the U.S. Forest Service’s new “travel management plan” for the White River National Forest. Discussion included the public comment period, which runs now into October.

What this means to you: The county will weigh in on what local trails and forest roads should stay open, and whether they should be open to everything, just vehicles, or just bikes, horses or hikers. Expect some to be closed to vehicles.

What’s next: County officials now have a two-disk set of maps that detail all the options the Forest Service is looking at. It’s 1,400 maps in all, so it’s going to take a while.

What they talked about: The commissioners and district ranger Cal Wettstein talked about the progress of various plans to clean up beetle-killed trees in the national forests. Wettstein said some smaller logging projects around Vail and Minturn will probably start this summer. A pair of big projects between Beaver Creek and Minturn may start next year, if companies can be found to do the work.

What this means to you: Expect to see quite a bit of logging in the area over the next few years.

What’s next: The Forest Service is starting work on the next big logging projects in the area.

Source: Eagle County

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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