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Posted on: May 31, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Hazardous Tree Mitigation Project Continues On Emerald Mountain

The City of Steamboat Springs through contractor Rogue Resources will resume work on the Emerald Mountain Hazard Tree Mitigation project as early as tomorrow, Thursday, June 1. 

These efforts will be focused in the Morning Gloria trail area with crews bucking up the remaining lodge pole pine trees on the ground, which promotes faster decomposition. Rogue Resources will be in the area for approximately two weeks utilizing chainsaws and will access the trail on motorized bikes.  

After this work is completed, Rogue will haul the remaining logs off-site from the Stairway to Heaven area and rehabilitate the road.  This portion of the work is expected to be completed by the end of June 2017.

Rogue was identified by the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) as the best qualified contractor due to their proposal for treatment, their experience in the industry and their previous work on this parcel in previous years. 

The program, which started last year between the City of Steamboat Springs and the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), implemented a Hazard Tree Mitigation Project on Emerald Mountain. This project will complete the planned tree removal operations of beetle kill trees that began in 2010. The full scope of work, including burning and reclamation of burn piles will be accomplished by the October 2017 grant deadline.  

The tree removal project promotes conservation values such as riparian/water quality health, the creation of wildlife habitat and provide safe recreation areas for use by the general public. Additionally, the threat of fire danger will be lowered and renewal of the forest will occur. All disturbed areas shall be promptly reclaimed and revegetated following the 2010 CSFS document “Forestry Best Management Practices to Protect Water Quality in Colorado”.

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CONTACT:
Brad Setter –Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services
970-879-4300 – bsetter@steamboatsprings.net  

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