Aspen-Sopris Forest Service district seeks comments on Upper Fryingpan Vegetation Management Project

Staff report

The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest is seeking comments on its proposal to implement a variety of vegetation-management activities in the upper Fryingpan watershed in Eagle and Pitkin counties.

Comments will help the Forest Service complete an environmental assessment. The assessment will be used to determine whether to prepare an environmental impact statement or a finding of no significant impact. The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District will host an informational meeting about the project Oct. 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Carbondale Public Library at 320 Sopris Ave.

“The proposed Upper Fryingpan Vegetation Management Project is about creating a healthier future forest in the Fryingpan watershed,” stated Kevin Warner, acting District Ranger. “As land managers we ask the question, what kind of forest do we want 20, 30 and 50 years down the road? The answer is a resilient forest that continues to provide ecological benefits.”

Written comments must be submitted via mail, fax, electronically or in person (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays) to: Karen Schroyer c/o Brett Crary, Forester/Silviculturist, P.O. Box 309, Carbondale, CO 81623-0309; Fax at 970-963-1012. Electronic comments including attachments can be submitted to

Persons commenting should include: 1) name, address, telephone number, organization represented, if any; 2) title of project for which the comment is being submitted; and 3) specific facts and supporting reasons for the Responsible Official to consider.

It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period, which is 60 days after the legal notice was published on Oct. 6.