Open house to be held May 10 to introduce Rancho Deluxe Prison Project

Contact(s): Leona Rodreick, Cameron Rasor

The Pintler Ranger District will be holding an open house to introduce a new project. People are encouraged to participate in a public engagement process to help design and implement a forest restoration project in the Pikes Peak Creek watershed located on the east side of the Flint Creek mountains. Join Forest officials as they share information about this project on Thursday, May 10, at 6 p.m. in Deer Lodge at the Deer Lodge Community Center located at 416 Cottonwood Ave.

The purpose of the project is to identify and treat areas of the forest in the Pikes Peak Creek watershed in order to reduce the risk or extent of, or increase resilience to, insect and disease infestations. Treatments may take a variety of forms to promote resiliency including thinning, prescribed fire, and timber harvesting.

Sections 602 and 603 of the 2014 Farm Bill provide the authority for this project which were recently added to Title IV of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act.

Public participation is at this open house is encouraged. Contact Project Team Leader Clint Kolarich at (406) 366-9131, or Pintler District Ranger Cameron Rasor at (406) 859-3211 for more information.