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Town of Fraser drops idea for tree management program

Autumn Phillips
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado

After looking at the numbers, the Fraser Board of Trustees decided against contracting with a logging company to help residents gets a reduced price for beetle kill tree removal.

Board members have been hesitant to mandate tree removal of dead trees on private property, but want to find a gentle way to push homeowners to remove standing dead trees.

Six tree removal companies submitted proposals to the town offering a reduced price per tree, depending on the number of residents who participate in the program.

In the end, the Fraser board decided it wasn’t worth the staff time or the possible cost to the town to set up a tree removal program for residents.

“Depending on how many people sign up, we could end up with a $10,000 to $25,000 subsidy for this program,” said Fraser Town Manager Jeff Durbin. “All for work on private property. That was a tough one to stomach when things are tight.”

Instead, Fraser will send letters to property owners who have trees that need to be removed.

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“We will explain how important it is,” Durbin said. “There’s the safety issue of trees falling over and the wildfire management issue. There’s the minor aesthetics issue, but really those trees are a significant public risk.”

If property owners do not cooperate voluntarily, the Fraser board will revisit the idea of an ordinance mandating tree removal, Durbin said.

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