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Helicopter to help with pine beetles

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” The helicopter you’re likely to see flying above West Vail Thursday will be removing trees cut down after they were killed or infested by pine beetles.

The helicopter logging crew will work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and needs about 10 days to finish its work.

Stephens Park in Intermountain will closed dawn to dusk on Friday while trees are removed from a nearby area. Vail wildland firefighters will patrol the park while it’s closed.

About 6,700 trees will be flown to a landing area on West Vail’s Vermont Court The trees will then be hauled away to Kremmling, meaning six to eight logging trucks will be leaving the area through the Matterhorn and Highland Meadows neighborhoods.

Traffic will be blocked off while the helicopter refuels on the upper portion of Matterhorn Circle. During this time, residents will be able to get to their homes from either the east or west sides of Matterhorn Circle.

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For more information, call Eric Lovgren with Eagle County Wildfire Mitigation at 328-8742, or the town of Vail’s Pine Beetle Hotline at 401-4202, or the Forest Service at 328-6388.

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