Release Date: Sep 30, 2011  

US Forest Service
Rocky Mountain Region
White River National Forest

Contact: Bill Kight, 970-948-1894 (cell) 

Glenwood Springs, Colorado Starting October 3rd, Forest Service contractors will begin helicopter removal of trees killed or infested by mountain pine beetle in the Gavin Gulch and Trentaz Gulch area of the White River National Forest.  Weather permitting, the helicopter operation will last 10-12 days. 

This is the first phase of a five-year partnership project between the Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation and the Starwood Metropolitan District.  The goals of the project are to reduce the risk of wildfire by removing dead and beetle infested trees adjacent to the community of Starwood.  Trees will be removed by helicopter to minimize impacts to forest resources and insure the roadless characteristics of the Starwood/Four Corners area will be protected.

According to District Ranger Scott Snelson, “This project is a great example of people coming together to address important resource issues.  Not only will this project help to reduce the risk of wildfire, it will be done in a manner that is most sensitive to the resources and protect the roadless character of the area.”  

Those interested in helping protect their community from wildfire can contact their local state forest service office at to learn about Community Wildfire Protection Plans.