Mountain Pine Beetles are killing trees at epidemic levels and will be affecting the landscape for years to come. Trees can fall at any time. When visiting the forest, do not park, camp, or picnic under dead trees. The ARP’s response to the beetle infestation includes timber harvesting, spraying high-value trees, firewood sales and prescribed fires. We work to reduce the potential of wildfire in our communities, while keeping the public and firefighters safe, increasing forest diversity, and keeping recreation areas open to the public as long as it is safe to do so.
Many activities are taking place on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests to address the current epidemic. Information on these are listed below, as well as additional resources for information on the mountain pine beetle. Please note that some recreational activities may be affected, including delayed openings of campgrounds, campground and trail closures, and safety concerns. When recreating in the Forest please use caution around hazardous trees.
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland District-Specific Information
Boulder Ranger District
Boulder Ranger District Pesticide Spraying Hotline: 303-541-2539
Adjacent landowners can get a free use permit for up to five cords of beetle-hit wood. Permits are limited to standing dead or dead/down up to 10" diameter breast high (dbh) pines within 200 feet of their private land boundary. Contact the Boulder Ranger District office to get a permit or for more information at 303-541-2500.
Canyon Lakes Ranger District
The Canyon Lakes Ranger District continues to address hazardous trees along roads and trails. Long Draw Road is open for winter recreation, but will again close due to a large hazard tree removal project.
Hazard trees on National Forest Land within 100 feet of adjacent private property can be removed. Private property owners can receive a permit for ten cords or less ($20 per cord). Slash created from cutting these trees will be lopped and scattered to a depth of 24 inches or less. No equipment will be allowed, however a pickup truck can be used except in Inventoried Roadless or riparian/wetland areas. Contact the district to get a permit at 970-295-6700.