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Pine beetle work planned at Vail, nearby ski areas

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – To address concerns for forest health, public safety and the risk of catastrophic wild fire around the ski areas of the Interstate 70 corridor, the Forest Service plan work this summer at the Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas.

The work will be designed to reduce risk to the public and resort infrastructure from dead and dying trees, reduce fire hazard around resort infrastructure, increase age and species diversity in forested stands, and retain forest cover at the resorts.

The Forest Service and ski areas have determined and prioritized areas where they anticipate treatment will be needed in the short-term and reasonably foreseeable future. The proposed actions detailing these treatments are described in detail for each of the three ski areas at the White River National Forest’s website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/.



There will be an open house on the project on April 22 at the Holy Cross Ranger District Office in Minturn. The Beaver Creek work will be discussed from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the plan for Vail Mountain, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Public comments on the plan are due by April 29, and should be addressed to Scott Fitzwilliams, White River Forest Supervisor, c/o Dan Sokal, 900 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601. Comments can also be e-mailed to wrnf_scoping_comments@fs.fed.us. –



For additional project information, contact Dan Sokal, project leader, at 970-945-3234 or at dsokal@fs.fed.us. –


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