Forest Service seeks comments on County Line Project

September 6, 2018

Forest Service seeks comments on County Line Project

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District welcomes comments on the County Line project located in the Fourmile Park area. The project area encompasses approximately 33,000 acres within the Fourmile Creek, Camp Creek-East Divide Creek, Thompson Creek and Edgerton Creek-Crystal River watersheds southwest of Glenwood Springs and west of Carbondale, CO. 

The County Line project was developed to address forest health in the Fourmile Park area; additional components of the project will improve recreation opportunity and public safety, ski area forest health and the existing road system. The County Line project will provide commercial forest products and/or biomass to local industries and will use prescribed fire to improve wildlife habitat while reducing the area’s susceptibility to large-scale wildfire.

“This project is a landscape-level approach to the Fourmile Park area that looks for opportunities to improve forest health and stand diversity to benefit wildlife habitat and reduce fuels. Through this project we can achieve a healthier stand that will retain forest cover over the long-term while providing additional benefits to recreation and forest access,” said Kevin Warner, acting District Ranger for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District.

The County Line Project consists of the following components:

  • Forest health and vegetation management treatments on approximately 1,597 acres of National Forest System lands using traditional logging methods.
  • Fuels management and wildlife habitat improvements on approximately 13,661 acres of National Forest System lands using prescribed fire treatments.
  • Forest health assessment and treatments on approximately 2,390 acres of National Forest System lands within the Sunlight Ski Area Special Use Permit boundary.
  • Fuel reduction treatments adjacent to existing infrastructure located at the Sunlight Communications site.
  • Glading treatments on approximately 47 acres of National Forest System lands within the Sunlight Ski Area Special Use Permit boundary.
  • Winter recreation improvements along FSR 300 including a parking area for winter non-motorized recreation use, and construction of a snowmobile route.
  • Move the existing gate located at the kiosk on FSR 300 to a location further south along the road to improve access for Christmas tree collection.
  • Expand the existing borrow site located on FSR 300 to provide rock material for use in maintenance and reconstruction of roads and other facilities located on National Forest System lands.

More project Information is available in the Notice of Proposed Action on the project page: .

How to Comment: The opportunity to comment is initiated by a legal notice published in the Aspen Times Weekly on Sept. 6, 2018. The proposal includes opening greater than 40 acres, which requires approval from the Regional Forester per forest plan standard. Also in accordance with this forest plan standard, specific written comments on the proposed project will be accepted for 60 calendar days following publication of the legal notice. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period. The regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period.

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 Shelby Limberis, Forester/Silviculturist, P.O. Box 309, Carbondale, CO 81623-0309, FAX: (970) 963-1012. Electronic comments including attachments can be submitted through our website here: o .

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. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments will have eligibility to file an objection under §218.8. Names and contact information submitted with comments will become part of the public record.

Additional information regarding this action can be obtained from: Shelby Limberis, 970-827-5161, .