What do you think about beetle battle? | VailDaily.com

What do you think about beetle battle?

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” The public can comment on a federal plan to thin 2,300 acres of forest in Vail and eastern Eagle County.

The U.S. Forest Service wants to improve the health of the woods by removing trees killed by pine beetles. The project, called the Upper Eagle River Beetle Salvage Project, would begin in 2008 and could be completed in five years.

Ten of thousands of acres of forest may be killed by pine beetles, the forest service says.

The thinning also should reduce the risk of severe wildfires in the area, the forest service says.

“We can accelerate reforestation as well as capture the economic value of the timber before the dead trees deteriorate,” said Eagle/Holy Cross District Ranger Brian Lloyd. “Timeliness is critical to help begin regenerating the infested forests.”

Work would be done in portions of Indian Creek, West Grouse, Tigiwon and Yoder areas.

Public comment is being gathered on the project until July 27, and the public is invited to an open house on July 10 at the town of Vail Council Chamber, 75 S. Frontage Road in Vail from 3 to 7 p.m.

Comments may be submitted to Maribeth Gustafson, White River National Forest Supervisor, c/o Peech Keller, P.O. Box 620, Silverthorne, CO 80498 or via e-mail to cpkeller@fs.fed.us. Public comment can also be given in writing or in person at the open house on July 10.

For a more detailed description of the project and to see detailed maps, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/projects/ or contact Program Forester Jan Burke at (970) 945-3246.

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