Monday, July 11, 2005

Mountain Pine Beetle Control

Summit County's Open Space and Trails Department has begun cutting and removing trees on the Iron Springs open space parcel to improve forest health and control mountain pine beetle infestation.

The 31-acre property is located in the Upper Blue Basin on the west side of Highway 9, adjacent to Summit High School.

A substantial increase in pine beetle-killed trees on the Iron Springs parcel and on the adjacent national forest land has caused officials to change strategies this year.

"Forest treatments on the property are designed to improve age and species diversity of the trees." said Brian Lorch, open space and trails senior resource specialist, adding that the treatments will improve wildlife habitat in the short-run and result in a healthier forest in the long-run.

For further information call Lorch at 970-668-4067 or email

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