Forest Service taking comment on Fryingpan timber project

Nov 27, 2016

The Freeman Fire burned above Ruedi Reservoir earlier this fall. The U.S. Forest Service has a plan to thin the forest in this area and is holding a public meeting tonight.
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The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting tonight to gather feedback about a plan to cut back trees in the upper Fryingpan.


The Forest Service said the aging forest could be particularly vulnerable to insect epidemics, drought and wildfire — which proved true when about 350 acres in this area burned in the Freeman Fire in October.

The U.S. Forest Service plans to thin the forest in the Upper Fryingpan Valley.
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The agency is proposing selective cutting on about 2,000 acres to encourage growth of younger trees, which leads to a healthier, more diverse forest. The plan said the vegetation work may also improve snowshoe hare and lynx habitat.

The public can learn more and provide feedback from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at Basalt Town Hall.