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U.S. Forest Service seeks comment on 4,200 acres

Granby, CO Colorado

GRANBY – The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to treat some 4,200 acres of hazardous fuels along the Arapaho National Forest boundaries with private property and near critical infrastructure and communication sites in various locations across Grand County.

-To learn more about this project, stop by an informal open house from 3:30-6:30 p.m., April 2, at the Sulphur Ranger District office located at 9 Ten Mile Drive in Granby. Staff will be available to answer questions and large, detailed maps will be available to review.

-Over the past decade, Sulphur Ranger District has been working to mitigate the impacts of the mountain pine beetle through a variety of projects, including: large-scale timber sales; hazardous fuels treatments along the National Forest boundary; and hazard tree removal in developed recreation areas and along roads and trails. The district also has partnered with utility companies, Winter Park Resort, and state and local agencies to reduce hazards in the mountain pine beetle environment.

-Additionally, local property owners, in cooperation with state and county partners, have been working to create areas of defensible space around private homes and other improvements while fire departments and community leaders have developed Community Wildfire Protection Plans to identify methods for private land owners and public land agencies to work in concert to protect communities from wildland fires.

-These 4,200 acres of proposed fuel reduction treatments would further the district’s effort to reduce the potential negative impacts wildfire may have on communities and watersheds.

The project is called the Upper Colorado Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project. More information and a map depicting the proposed project areas are available on the web at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/landmanagement/projects

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-Comments are requested by April 19, 2013, and should be emailed to: kevinmclaughlin@fs.fed.us or mailed to Upper Colorado EA, USFS at P.O. Box 10; Granby, CO 80446.

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