Eldora Mountain Resort managers will be removing trees near the top of the Cascade ski trail to create a safer experience for skiers and improve Eldora’s trail grooming abilities. Tree cutting could start as soon as April 16, 2012.
This tree cutting activity is not related to current actions surrounding Eldora’s accepted 2011 Master Development Plan or associated with any project proposals within the Master Development Plan.
Seventy to eighty trees will be cut and removed over snow, and then Eldora managers will process the trees for firewood. Eldora managers are purchasing the wood with a Forest Product Removal permit and will be mitigating impacts to nesting birds, noxious weed spread, and ground stability.
In June 2011, the Eldora managers tried to implement the tree removal project as part of their 2011 Summer Operating Plan. There was not enough remaining snow to provide the required level of ground cover. According to the decision memo, the project must be implemented over enough snow to minimize impacts to the vegetation and soils below.