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Aspen Skiing Co. wants to remove beetle-infested trees

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The Aspen Skiing Co. is seeking permission from the U.S. Forest Service to remove up to 200 lodgepole pine trees infested with pine bark beetle larvae at Aspen Highlands.

The Forest Service said 60 to 80 trees would be felled and left on site this summer. Additional infested trees would be removed on an as-needed basis to treat beetle-infested stands through the summer of 2011. Stands are located in the White River National Forest within the ski area boundary.

“If approved, the trees would be cut and then de-barked or covered with plastic to kill the beetle larvae prior to their emergence in early summer,” the Forest Service said in a statement.

The project will be reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act. The Forest Service will accept public comment until June 17. Comments should be sent to Roger Poirier, Winter Sports Program Manager, P.O. Box 948, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602-0948 or e-mailed to wrnf_scoping_comments@fs.fed.us.

People seeking more information can contact Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Irene Davidson at 963-3110.


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