Forest Service seeks comments on Derby Mesa Forest Health Project

EAGLE, Colo. – The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District is seeking comments on a proposal to reduce hazardous fuels accumulations, conduct forest restoration activities, and improve wildlife habitat on Derby Mesa located west of Burns, Colorado. Proposed activities include timber harvesting on up to 3,000 acres, removing conifer encroachment from sagebrush parks, conducting periodic prescribed broadcast burns, and reconstructing existing forest system roads.

The goals of the project are to restore the ecosystem to a condition that is more closely aligned with its natural (historical) range of variability; reduce the risk of high severity fire; and provide forest products.

Detailed project descriptions can be viewed online at

How to Comment:

Comments will be accepted any time, but are most helpful if submitted prior to March 13, 2020. Written comments must be submitted via mail, facsimile, electronic mail, or in person. Mailed comments must be submitted to: Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, c/o Brett Crary, PO Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645. Comments may be hand delivered to the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District office located at 24747 US Hwy 24, Minturn, CO 81645. Business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Comments may also be submitted electronically at:


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