Tree-cutting proposed for Beaver Creek
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado” A proposal calls for cutting down pine-beetle-killed trees on 19 acres of land on Colorado’s Beaver Creek Mountain.
The U.S. Forest Service, which owns the land where the cutting would happen, is proposing the project for this summer and fall. Beaver Creek workers would actually do the tree-cutting this summer, said ski resort spokeswoman Jen Brown.
“It’s part of our incremental approach to dealing with the ongoing infestation,” Brown said.
Similar work has occurred in previous summers at the resort.
Trees would be cut in a 2.8-acre area along the Centennial Express Lift and a 2.7-acre area alongside the Strawberry Park Express Lift. Dead trees that are within 90 feet of each side of the lift rope would be removed.
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“As a dead tree’s root system, stem and branches decay, the potential for trees to fall over may represent a hazard to ski area users and personnel,” said Acting White River National Forest Supervisor Mary G. Morgan in a letter.
Another 13 acres of dead and dying lodgepole pines would be removed near the top of the Buckaroo Gondola, adjacent to the Assay ski trail.
Some trees could be piled and burned, some could be cut up and offered to the public as firewood and some might be hauled away from the resort, the Forest Service said
To comment on the proposal, send a letter to: Mary Morgan, Acting Forest Supervisor, care of Don Dressler, Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District, P.O. Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645 or e-mail email@example.com.