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Public Comment Sought on Tree Removal

The U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest – Salida Ranger District is asking for public comments on a proposal to remove insect infested and susceptible trees in the Monarch Pass area, including Monarch Ski area in Chaffee County.

Monarch Map

The spruce beetle epidemic on the San Isabel National Forest is evolving each year with new trees and new stands being impacted. The Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project proposes to use sanitation and salvage as the primary treatment methods on the 1,948 acres of spruce/fir and lodgepole pine forests. Additional details on the project, including a map of the proposed project area, are available HERE

The Salida District Ranger is offering two opportunities for the public to learn more about the project, ask questions, and share their thoughts. An open house will take place on May 17, 2017 from 4 – 6 pm at the Salida Ranger District. There is also a field trip to the project area on June 1, 2017 from 9 am – Noon. If you are interested in attending the field trip, please RSVP to Lisa Corbin by Noon, May 26 (719-539-3951 or email:

Please submit comments to the Salida Ranger District by email to with “Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project” in the subject line or send written correspondence to Salida Ranger District, Attn: Lisa Corbin, 5575 Cleora Road, Salida, CO 81201. Please include with all correspondence: the project name, your name/organization, and a return address. The public’s comments are appreciated and will be most helpful if received by June 9, 2017.

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