Know Before You Go: Projects on the Sulphur Ranger District

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Roadside Hazard Tree Reduction Projects: The Sulphur Ranger District is in the process of removing hazardous trees along more than 170 miles of national forest system roads. Work is completed for the year and may resume this summer.

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Vasquez Canal Replacement Project: Denver Water is in the process of replacing its aging system of siphons and pipelines.  Replacement of about 2,000 feet of the Vasquez Canal will be completed in 2016. Temporary closure of the southern half of Tunnel Hill Road (NFSR 152) will be in effect from June 20  – November 1.  Access to Vasquez Peak Trailhead will remain open; however, the public should be aware of heavy construction equipment along Vasquez Road (NFSR 148).  Work may continue in 2017. See a map.

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Leland Creek Fuels Treatment Project: Roughly 130 acres of hazardous fuels will be cut in this forested area that borders the Town of Winter Park. More than 70 percent of the wood is merchantable and will be removed for use by the wood products industry. This project is likely to start in 2016.

Seven Sisters Timber Sale: Work on this timber sale has started.The sale is located about 11 miles northwest of Granby in the Cabin Creek Area. The work will consist of cutting and removing dead lodgepole pine trees on about 260 acres which will improve the health of the forest as well as reduce hazardous fuels in an area heavily impacted by the mountain pine beetle epidemic. The trees will go to a local mill for use as saw timber. The public should be aware of heavy equipment and log trucks on Cabin Creek Road (NFSR 112) and South Cabin Creek Road (NFSR 112.1A) See a Map.

Big Blue Salvage Sale: Logging operations have begun on the Big Blue Timber Sale. The sale area is located about four miles southeast of the town of Hot Sulphur Springs. This sale is part of the U.S. Forest Service's on-going effort to respond to the mountain pine beetle infestation on the Sulphur Ranger District. The work will consist of cutting and removing dead lodgepole pine trees on about 600 acres which will improve the health of the forest as well as reduce hazardous fuels accumulation. The trees will go to a local mill for use as saw timber. Work has resumed in the sale area. The public should be aware of log trucks and heavy equipment on Big Meadows Road (NFSR 253) and County Road 55.” See map

Elk Corral Salvage Sale: Work on this timber sale is expected to start this summer. The sale is located about 11 miles northwest of Granby in the Cabin Creek Area.  The work will consist of cutting and removing dead lodgepole pine trees on about 660 acres which will improve the health of the forest as well as reduce hazardous fuels in an area heavily impacted by the mountain pine beetle epidemic.  The trees will go to a local mill for use as saw timber.

Xcel Energy Power Pole Replacement Project:  Xcel Energy will be replacing power poles starting June 20 through November in the Jones Pass/Williams Fork Area of Clear Creek and Grand counties on the Sulphur and Clear Creek Ranger Districts.  The public should be aware that Xcel Energy will be using helicopters to complete this work and that there will be short term traffic stops on Jones Pass Road (County Road 202) as well as temporary trail and trailhead closures.  The Butler Gulch Trail (#144) on the Clear Creek Ranger District will be closed during the week (Monday – Friday) during pole replacement.  The Darling Creek Trailhead and access to the Darling Creek Trail (#18) and South Fork Trail (#21) on the Sulphur Ranger District will have temporary closures during pole replacement.  The South Fork and Sugarloaf campgrounds on the Sulphur Ranger District will remain open. See a Map