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Hazardous tree removal shut down due to cyclists

Effective immediately, all roadside and trailside hazard tree removal in the Winter Park area has been shut down indefinitely due to safety concerns, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

“Since work began in this area four weeks ago, mountain bikers have been frequently violating closures, entering the project area, and riding under and around logging equipment, creating an enormous safety issue,” according to an agency statement.

The Forest Service is working with community leaders to determine how and whether to resume the work safely.

“We worked really hard to secure funds for this project and to get the contract in place,” said Sulphur District Ranger Craig Magwire. “This is important work for the community, and it’s very disappointing that we’ve had to suspend operations due to lack of compliance with our closures.”

Grand Lake area

Lower Stillwater Pass Road (FSR 123) and adjacent trails and campsites remain closed from the Idleglen staging area to the Gilsonite Gate (mid-slope). This closure is expected to last several more weeks.

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