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Pile Burning Phase of the Green Ridge Project Begins

The pile burning phase of the Green Ridge area project is expected to begin Tuesday, Jan. 18 if conditions for burning and smoke dispersal are favorable.

Approximately 800 piles will be burned over the remaining winter months. Crews will begin by burning piles located three miles south of Grand Lake on County Road 66 from its intersection with Highway 34 and eastward to the Green Ridge boat launching facility.

This project is part of the Sulphur Ranger District’s effort to restore and regenerate this high-use area after mountain pine beetle killed trees and trees that were likely to blow down were removed.

The chipping portion of the project was completed Oct.18, 2010. Some of the remaining piles will be burned and some will be left to provide habitat for wildlife while forest restoration projects become established in the area.

In the spring, regeneration of the area will be accelerated with the planting of 12,000 to 15,000 trees.

This project began in 2007 as part of the Arapaho National Recreation Area (ANRA) Vegetation Management Project, which removed dead trees and related hazardous fuels on 1,750 acres and is part of Sulphur Ranger District’s ongoing efforts to reduce the risk to communities and watersheds from wildfire.

Over 10,000 acres of the Sulphur Ranger District is under contract to reduce hazardous fuels and restore and regenerate the forest.

For more information about this project visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/arp.

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