USFS Fuels Reduction and Habitat Improvement Project to affect Buffalo Pass Road

Release Date: Jul 13, 2018  

Media Contact: Aaron Voos, (307) 745-2323

 

News Release (PDF)

Project Area Map (PDF) - unit along Buffalo Pass is #8

 

(STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.)  July 13, 2018 – A contractor will begin fuels reduction work July 16, 2018 on the Routt National Forest, approximately three miles north of Steamboat Springs, resulting in temporary interruptions along Buffalo Pass Road.

 

Work is scheduled to begin this coming Monday, July 16 along both sides of Forest Road 60, or Buffalo Pass Road, and will last one week.  Impact to the public may occur when heavy machinery crosses the road to access the treatment unit, resulting in temporary travel delays. The public should avoid the heavy equipment while in operation, as well as the work area.

 

The contractor will be utilizing mastication to reduce accumulated vegetation/fuels and to improve deer and elk winter range. Additional mastication is occurring on Forest near Alpine Mountain Ranch, but will have no public impact. In total, nearly 250 acres will be targeted for treatment this field season as part of the larger Steamboat Front Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project on the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears (HPBE) Ranger District.

 

Mastication treatment uses mechanical equipment to shred or mow mountain shrub vegetation such as gamble oak and smaller aspen that is dead or diseased. The contractor for this project is Western Timber Management LLC.

 

The purpose of the Steamboat Front project is to reduce the hazardous fuels adjacent to Steamboat Springs in the wildland urban interface through the management of forest vegetation; and to improve deer and elk winter range habitat through habitat and recreational use management.

 

The fuels reduction will create defensible space, fuel breaks, and forest thinning. Colorado State Forest Service will act as the Contract Administrator for this portion of the project, under a Good Neighbor Agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, and has received funding to implement the mastication work. The partnership utilizes the Good Neighbor Authority authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill and 2014 Appropriations Act.

 

Visitors with questions about the Forest Order or roads and trails on the Routt National Forest should contact the HPBE District Office in Steamboat Springs.

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