Clarke: Miners Creek clear-cutting needs more discussion
Regarding the Jan. 16 Summit Daily News article about proposed logging in the Miners Creek drainage.
There is widespread concern about this type of clear-cutting. It has destroyed outdoor experience in several areas already (Frisco Peninsula, Gold Hill). Since Summit County’s economy is all about aesthetics and tourism, shouldn’t this be thought out a bit? The areas designated have lots of live timber in them that provide wildlife habitat. Must they all be clear-cut? In many parts, the wildfire mitigation is questionable, as there are no residences nearby or clear-cutting has already been done. At the very least, couldn’t a hiking, biking, skiing corridor be left along the Peaks Trail? Could we please have a work session on this?
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