Fraser Boundary Fuels Project wraps up for winter
WINTER PARK – Work on the Fraser Boundary Fuels Project wrapped up for the winter on Dec. 1, 2011. In response to the bark beetle incident, seven units totaling 102 acres are scheduled to be cut along the National Forest boundary with private property to reduce fuels and the opportunity for wildfire.
Contracted crews completed work on nearly 80 of those 102 acres this fall and will return after snowmelt in 2012 to complete work on the remaining three units. One of the remaining units is located at the end of Arapaho Road/Little Vasquez Road. The other two units are located along Elk Meadows Trail (M64).
During this operation, contractors are removing 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 are being removed on trucks. Tree tops and branches in the two units closest to the Town of Winter Park are being hauled. Slash piles elsewhere will be burned at a later date.
Contractors will require several weeks to complete their work next summer. Roads and trails damaged during the project also will be repaired prior to completion.
Maps of the projects, including alternate routes and recreation areas are available on the Sulphur Ranger District website and at the entry points to the work areas.
Call 970-887-4100 or visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/arp for more information.
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