Collaborative effort launched with Eagle/Holy Cross ranger district and National Forest Foundation |

Collaborative effort launched with Eagle/Holy Cross ranger district and National Forest Foundation

Janice Kurbjun
summit daily news

Work begins this summer at Homestake Creek in the upper Eagle River Valley, the first in a large-scale restoration and enhancement effort on National Forest lands in the Vail and Eagle River valleys.

The initiative is a collaboration between the area ranger district and the National Forest Foundation, with funding from Vail Resorts’ Echo program.

It’s an effort to identify and develop a comprehensive roadmap of forest health projects on and around the White River National Forest. Nonprofit partners, community members, stakeholders and the Forest Service will come together this spring to discuss and collaboratively develop an integrated work plan for forest health.

Homestake Creek work includes repairing trails and bridges, rehabilitating campsites, improving fish habitat, cutting hazard trees infested by mountain pine beetles and planting trees in campgrounds to get a jumpstart on the future forest.

The work has the support of partner organizations including the Eagle River Watershed Council, Student Conservation Association, Eagle County Youth Corps, and is generously supported by the National Forest Foundation’s Ski Conservation Fund and Vail Resorts’ Echo program.

The conservation fund gets money through voluntary contributions from guests at participating ski resorts throughout the country. It’s raised $3.5 million in the past four years, including guest donations and a match by the foundation. Funds are always invested in on-the-ground projects completed by local nonprofit organizations.

Learn more by calling Eagle/Holy Cross District Ranger Dave Neely at (970) 827-5150.

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