Tree cutting finished in Vail |

Tree cutting finished in Vail

VAIL, Colorado ” This year’s work around the Gore Creek Valley for the Vail Valley Forest Health project, on 260 acres of Forest Service and Town of Vail land, has been completed.

The work has included the cutting and piling of dead and dying lodgepole pines as well as the cutting of aspen stands to stimulate growth.

The work began May 22 and was completed June 20. Work happened around Vail’s perimeter, including the north side of Interstate 70 near the Gore Creek campground to the Davos Trail area in West Vail and south of I-70 from above Greenhill Court to Basingdale Boulevard in West Vail.

In addition to work on Forest Service land, this season’s project included removing an estimated 1,000 pines from the Intermountain neighborhood with a helicopter.

Beginning Friday, free firewood will again be offered on a first-come, first-served basis at Vermont Court above Intermountain. The wood is available for noncommercial use only. Call Eric Lovgren, Eagle County wildfire mitigation manager, at 328-7185 for more information.

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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Later this month crews from the Rocky Mountain Youth Conservation Corps will begin piling slash remaining from project areas. The work will continue for two weeks. Then, additional piling by Eagle County and Vail fire personnel crews will continue until September in preparation for controlled pile burns to be scheduled in the fall.

The town of Vail, the Forest Service, Eagle County, the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority and Eagle River Water and Sanitation District contributed money for this year’s project.

The work is scheduled to continue until 2012.

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