Written by KBCR
Wednesday, 03 October 2012
The City of Steamboat Springs is contracting with local logging company
Precision Timber Falling who will be working with Connors Aviation to remove more than 90 mature
Douglas-fir trees from the Howelsen Hill Ski Jump Complex on Saturday October 6 and Sunday October 7,
A forest health assessment conducted by the Colorado State Forest Service indicated
that many of the Douglas-fir on the hill were infested by Douglas-fir beetles -- close relatives of the mountain
pine beetles that have affected millions of acres of lodgepole pine forest in Colorado. Removing the trees at
Howelsen Hill will help prevent further spread of the beetles.
The harvesting operation is one of several recommended treatments which will improve the stand’s health
while creating a safer environment for recreational users. Logs will be removed by helicopter to minimize the
impact on remaining vegetation and existing trails. The project area’s extreme slope requires a technically
complex operation, which consists of the removal of all trees affected by the Douglas-fir beetle.
Trail closures will be in place Saturday and Sunday while this work is in process. Robbie’s Cut, Mile Run and
the outrun access of the jumps will be closed to all use while the tree removal operation is in progress. For
the safety of all trail users, it is important to respect and adhere to these trail closures. Trails on Emerald
Mountain may still be accessed via Blackmere Drive or from the Stables access.