Forest Service awards contracts for forest stewardship, tree removal | SummitDaily.com

Forest Service awards contracts for forest stewardship, tree removal

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Five contracts, totaling more than $2.3 million, have been awarded by the Forest Service for forest stewardship and hazard tree removal in Summit and Eagle counties. All five were awarded to Colorado companies who could start work as early as October, a news release said.

Companies in Olathe and Crawford are to treat 1,396 acres in the White River National Forest for fuels reduction in a contract valued at $1.4 million. Areas included in the contract are the Frisco peninsula, the Meadow Creek Trailhead, Salt Lick, Lake Hill, the Wildernest subdivision, the Mesa Cortina subdivision, the Ruby Ranch subdivision, the Three Peaks/Eagles Nest subdivision, the Pebble Creek subdivision, and the Sierra Bosque subdivision. These projects are expected be completed within the next two years, the release said.

Three of the Forest Service contracts are specifically meant to remove hazardous trees from 31 miles of forest roads in Summit and Eagle counties, including Red Sandstone (FSR 700), Tigiwon (FSR 707) and Hardscrabble (FSR 413) in Eagle County and Spring Creek (FSR 23), Lower Spring Creek (FSR 1832), First Cut Across (FSR 1833), Elliot Ridge (FSR 1834) and Keystone Gulch (FSR 175) in Summit County. Companies selected for hazardous tree removal are located in Crawford, Whitewater and Granby, the news release said.

Project activity and road closure information will be posted on the White River National Forest website, http://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver.