Summer fuels reduction work to begin on Roosevelt National Forest
BOULDER, Colo. (June 25, 2019) – Work is scheduled to begin this week on 378 acres of fuels reduction on the Roosevelt National Forest near Glacier View Ranch and Button Rock Reservoir. Other projects planned to begin this summer include the Forsythe II Phase 1 Fuels Reduction Project and the Sheep Fuels Reduction Project. These projects will help improve forest health and reduce the risk of wildfire to nearby communities and watersheds. See below for details.
- Cottonwood Task Order (June 2019): 378 acres of manual tree thinning by chainsaw in the Button Rock Reservoir area near Lyons, and between the Peaceful Valley and Glacier View Ranch areas near Jamestown. Thinned trees will be piled to cure and then burn in winter months or cut into smaller pieces and scattered. The work northeast of Button Rock Reservoir includes 128 acres and the area west of Glacier View Ranch includes 250 acres. The project is expected to take up to two months to complete, and depending on conditions, work could occur through the end of October. Operational hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. These projects are part of the Saint Vrain and James Creek NEPA decisions.
Button Rock area
Glacier View area
- Forsythe II Phase 1 Task Order (June-Sept. 2019): The 453-acre Phase 1 task order is dispersed across the Forsythe II project area between Nederland and Gross Reservoir. Work could occur from June to the end of September 2019 with operational hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Additional information about this project can be found on the Forsythe II Multiparty Monitoring Group web page. Work includes:
- thinning mixed conifer and restoring aspen north of Magnolia Road;
- thinning regeneration east of Big Springs Road;
- thinning mixed conifer on the east end of Lazy Z Road;
- piling downed fuels, thinning mixed conifer and restoring meadow features west and south of Gross Reservoir; and,
- restoring aspen in a small unit east of Kelly Dahl Campground.
- Sheep Task Order (July-Nov. 2019): Work will begin Summer 2019 on maual thinning of 239 acres approximately half a mile north of Rocky Mountain Pathways Ranch near Allenspark. Forest Service personnel and crews will be accessing the units from Highway 7 through the ranch and then parking/hiking on Forest Service lands. This project is part of the St. Vrain NEPA decision.
For a full list of Boulder Ranger District Fuels Projects, visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/brdfuels