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Pine beetle kill salvage proposal

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

VAIL – The White River National Forest’s Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District is proposing to salvage and regenerate approximately 2,300 acres of mountain pine beetle-killed lodgepole pine stands. The project, called the Upper Eagle River Beetle Salvage Project, would begin in 2008 and could be completed in five years.

Currently Eagle County is experiencing heavy mortality in mature lodgepole pine stands. With tens of thousands of acres of lodgepole pine potentially dying, the Forest Service is compelled by its mission to manage the regeneration of lodgepole where feasible to improve forest health.

Well-timed action is critical to promote the regeneration of lodgepole pine stands, and by reducing the amount of fuels on the ground, the project will also decrease wildfire severity within the treatment areas. In addition, capturing the economic value of forest products before they deteriorate will help offset the costs of reforestation.



“We can accelerate reforestation as well as capture the economic value of the timber before the dead trees deteriorate,” said Eagle/Holy Cross District Ranger Brian Lloyd. “Timeliness is critical to help begin regenerating the infested forests.”

The proposed Upper Eagle River Beetle Salvage Project includes portions of land in Indian Creek, West Grouse, Tigiwon and Yoder areas. The locations were selected based on priorities and access. Treatment methods such as clear-cutting and a variety of partial-cutting tactics will be selected to produce future desired forest conditions.



Public comment is being gathered on the project until July 27, 2007, and interested members of the public are invited to attend an open house on July 10 at the town of Vail Council Chamber, 75 S. Frontage Road in Vail from 3 to 7 p.m.

Comments may be submitted to Maribeth Gustafson, White River National Forest Supervisor, c/o Peech Keller, P.O. Box 620, Silverthorne, CO 80498

or via e-mail to cpkeller@fs.fed.us. Public comment may also be given in writing or in person at the open house on July 10.



For a more detailed description of the project and to see detailed maps, you may visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/projects/ or you may

contact Program Forester Jan Burke at 970-945-3246 for more information.


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