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Grinding operations begin on slash pile near Minturn area

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MINTURN — White River National Forest officials have announced that slash pile grinding operations will begin on the previously completed West Grouse Creek Salvage Timber Sale. This project will grind piled, woody material, such as limbs and stumps, left over from the logging operations that began in 2011.

"We're excited to continue grinding operations and are hopeful that all remaining piles will be removed before the snow flies," District Ranger Aaron Mayville said. "Also, we're happy that the piled material from the West Grouse Creek project will be sent to the Gypsum Biomass Plant, which will contribute to local electricity generation."

Limited Hiking

The Grouse Creek Trail parking lot, one mile south of Dowd Junction, will be used as the access point for chip vans and heavy equipment to the project area. Please keep this gate clear of private vehicles. Impacts to this popular hiking location will be limited to the first quarter-mile of road, and there will be no logging operations along the trail itself. Both the trail and parking lot will continue to be left open to the public throughout the operation, which is expected to continue through the end of September.

For more information about the pile grinding operations, please call the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715.