Forest Service wants input on Lower Blue logging |

Forest Service wants input on Lower Blue logging

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Silverthorne, CO Colorado

SILVERTHORNE ” The U.S. Forest Service wants input on a plan to treat about 1,100 acres of dead and dying lodgepole pines in the Lower Blue.

The fuels-reduction project is planned for national forest lands along Highway 9, north of Silverthorne.

“The purpose of this project is to reduce the hazard to communities from a wildfire that could threaten private property and public and firefighter safety,” said District Ranger Jan Cutts. “The Highway 9 corridor, especially the area between the neighborhoods of Wildernest and Sierra Bosque, is an area of concern and the subject of this proposal by the Forest Service.”

If approved, the project would result in logging on approximately 1,095 acres of National Forest lands. This would create a fuel break between the forest and developed private land to provide a safe, defensible space for firefighters, Cutts explained.

An open house on the project is set for Feb. 17, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Dillon Ranger District headquarters in Silverthorne at 680 Blue River Parkway.

Rangers will be on-hand to answer questions and help foster public understanding of this proposal. Detailed descriptions of the proposed action and maps will be available at the meeting.

Written comments regarding this proposal should be submitted to the Forest Service by March 4 to the Dillon Ranger District, attention: Peech Keller, P.O. Box 620, Silverthorne, CO 80498, or by e-mail to Comments should include name and contact information, and a reference the project name, North Summit WUI.

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