MONTE VISTA, Colo. – Up to 18 log trucks a day are expected to be driving State Highway 149 on their way to the Montrose Forest Products mill beginning the week of January 18. The trucks will be carrying beetle-killed timber from the Mater and Belle timber sales located on the Rio Grande National Forest in the Black Mountain area 20 miles west of Creede.
Timber from the Rio Grande National Forest is also being transported by trucks from the Jasper and Mallard timber sales. The Jasper timber sale is located approximately 16 miles south Del Norte. Log trucks are hauling beetle-killed timber on National Forest System Road 329, County Roads 14 and 15, and U.S. Highway 160 to the Rocky Mountain Timber Products mill.
The Mallard Timber Sale is located about 21 miles northwest of Saguache. Log trucks are transporting green ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and lodgepole pine on NFSR 810, State Highway 114 and U.S Highway 285 to the mill at Mountain Valley Lumber.
National forest system roads accessing active timber sales are plowed for logging operations. People driving these roads should be alert to log truck traffic and should only park in pullouts that do not disrupt two-way traffic.
For more information, contact the Rio Grande National Forest’s Supervisor Office at 719-852-6212or view the latest forest road conditions at www.fs.usda.gov/riogrande.