Silverthorne slash site open |

Silverthorne slash site open

By appointment, the public can take branches and dead trees to a slash site in Silverthorne now open for use.

Usage has been extremely low, Silverthorne spokesman Ryan Hyland said.

“It’s probably good news, as it indicates the pine beetle activity in the Silverthorne area has decreased significantly from the peak we saw a few years ago,” he said. “Our property owners have done a great job of removing dead and diseased trees over the years.”

The slash has been historically taken to Climax mine, where it’s used for soil conservation purposes. The public can also access the site to use chips for various purposes, though no chips are available right now.

“The chips are not suitable for use in flowerbeds and such, as they are fairly acidic and so not good for flowers,” public works director Bill Linfield said. “They work great where you don’t want anything to grow.”

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