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Public asked to use caution as log hauling begins along Red Sandstone Road in Vail

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VAIL — Logging operations and log hauling activities are scheduled to begin on National Forest System lands along the Red and White Mountain Road (NFSR 734) and the Red Sandstone Road (NFSR 700) on Monday, Aug. 20.

The contractor will cut and process trees from the Piney Salvage Reoffer Timber Sale located along the Red and White Mountain Road (NFSR 734). Log hauling will take place on the full length of the Red Sandstone Road (NFSR 700) toward Muddy Pass and U.S. Highway 131. This project was analyzed under the Piney 2012 Project Environmental Assessment.

Workers will perform logging activities, including tree felling, log hauling and road maintenance throughout the rest of the summer season. Heavy equipment activity and truck traffic should be expected in the area.

"This work is part of our ongoing efforts to mitigate the fire hazards posed by large swaths of forest impacted by the mountain pine beetle," said district ranger Aaron Mayville. "Please be careful in the area while logging operations are in progress and thanks for your patience while this important work is being done."

At this time, the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District does not anticipate a need for road or trail closures as a result of this work; however, the public is urged to use caution in the vicinity of the project.

Visit the White River National Forest website for updated information at http://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver and navigate to the "Alerts and Notices" page. If you have questions, contact the Eagle- Holy Cross District at 970-827-5715.