Vail Valley can comment on dead trees |

Vail Valley can comment on dead trees

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Cloorado ” Residents can give their opinion on plans to cut dead and dying trees near roads, trails, campgrounds and other recreation sites in the White River National Forest, which surrounds Colorado’s Vail Valley.

The U.S. Forest Service considers these trees killed by pine beetles “hazard trees” because of the chance they could fall over, and wants to remove them over the next 10 years. Removing the trees will also create space for firefighters battling wildfires.

The Forest Service is proposing:

– Removing hazard trees within 150 feet of National Forest System roads and trails as well as state or county roads passing through the White River National Forest.

– Removing hazard trees within 200 feet of developed National Forest recreation sites and Forest Service buildings

The Forest Service will focus efforts in Summit, Eagle and Pitkin counties. The agency will hold the following public meetings to discuss the plan with residents:

– March 3: Dillon Ranger District, Silverthorne

– March 4: Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District, Minturn

– March 5: El Jebel Community Center in El Jebel

The meetings are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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