Thursday, August 22, 2013

U.S. Forest Service hazard tree removal, temporary road closures in Clear Creek County

As part of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland Hazard Tree Removal Decision, U.S. Forest Service contractor crews are scheduled to fell dead and dying trees along Bard Creek and Stevens Gulch Roads.

Bard Creek Road work, south of Empire, Colo., begins this week and Stevens Gulch Road work, leading to Torrey’s and Grays Peak Trailhead, begins Sept. 3. Cutting operations could last up to two weeks at each location.

Drivers on Bard Creek and Stevens Gulch Roads may encounter traffic delays lasting up to 15 minutes. Signs will be posted in project areas and crew members in orange will be present to maintain safe traffic flow. Hunters and hikers on foot should avoid tree felling activities. Equipment operations may be audible to visitors or seasonal residents.

Dropped trees will not be removed from the site. Firewood from these areas will be available with an appropriate firewood permit and can be purchased at the Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Center at 101 Highway 103 in Idaho Springs, Colo. For more information call Visitor Information Services at 303-567-3000.


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