The contractors moved to another area of the forest and they can return any time after August 30, as required in the design criteria of the Forsythe Fuels Reduction decision, to allow for flammulated owls, a Forest Service Sensitive migratory bird species, to complete their nesting cycle.
The manual tree cutting work involves hand-thinning tree stands with chainsaws. The project will selectively target removal of lodgepole pine; medium-sized ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir; and conifers killed or infested with mountain pine beetle. In all treatment areas, larger healthy ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir trees will be retained. Slash material will either be hand piled or lopped and scattered to allow for future chipping or burning.
Contractors will move into the area this week and they are expected to continue until seasonal weather changes and snow prohibits work. The expected operational work hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with no operations on Sundays.
For more information contact the Boulder Ranger District at 303-541-2500 or visit the website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprd3805692.
Individuals interested in receiving more information about this project may sign up for updates by sending an email with reference to the Forsythe project to BRDvis@fs.fed.us.