Boundary fuels project underway near Winter Park
WINTER PARK – Logging began Sept. 1 in the first treatment unit of the Fraser Boundary Fuels Project located near Winter Park in the Sulphur Ranger District.
In response to the bark beetle incident, seven units totaling 102 acres are scheduled to be logged along the boundary of the Town of Winter Park to reduce fuels and the opportunity for wildfire.
“The Town of Winter Park and Winter Park Town Council are very excited for the Forest Service to be implementing these recommended prescriptions that work toward completing our community wildfire protection plan,” said Winter Park Town Manager Drew Nelson.
The first two units are located along roads known to the public as D2 and D4. Work in these areas is expected to last at least 2-4 weeks and, for public safety, the entire area between these roads will be closed to protect the public hunters, mountain bikers, hikers, campers and all other backcountry users. In addition to D2 and D4, the WTB trail is also closed for public safety during logging operations. Other trails leading into the logging area, particularly any unauthorized trails off Vasquez Road that link up with D4, are included in this safety closure. The D3 loop off Vasquez Road will remain open to users.
Mountain bikers, hunters and other recreators are asked to respect these temporary safety closures so that loggers can complete their work and move on as quickly as possible.
During this operation, loggers will remove all lodgepole pine 7 inches in diameter and greater and all dead and dying lodgepole pine 5 inches in diameter and greater, as well as trees infected with mistletoe. Materials that can be sold for lumber will be removed on trucks while tree tops and branches will be piled to be burned at a later date.
Loggers are scheduled to operate between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday through Nov. 30. For public safety, closures will remain in effect during evenings, weekends and holidays. Please follow posted signs. Maps of alternate routes and recreation areas will be available at the entry points to the work areas, on the Sulphur Ranger District website and at various locations around town including bike shops and the visitor’s center.
Call 970-887-3444 or visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/arp for more information.
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