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Breckinridge Gets Its 1st LEED Gold Home

Summit County, Colorado, has its first LEED Gold certified residence – Sunshine Ridge, designed by Breckenridge architect Michael F. Gallagher –  which recently received Mountain Living Magazine‘s Peak Award.

Local factors definitely had an impact on the construction of this home, commissioned by an Oklahoma family for their land outside of Breckenridge. For instance, beetle-killed pine trees from the site that got cut down during construction were exchanged at the mill for processed beetle-killed lumber, which was then used for the exterior wood cladding and decking...

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CU comes to town March 18 with beetle talk

CU-Boulder comes to town on March 18 as part of an outreach tour in the Central Rocky Mountains. The topic is near if not dear to Summit County residents' hearts: the pine beetle.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center in Breckenridge, Chancellor Philip DiStefano and professor Jeffry Mitton host a presentation titled “Causes and Consequences: Colorado and the Pine Beetle.” The talk is about the unprecedented epidemic of mountain pine beetles that has taken over forests in the Mountain West, with some discussion of why it's occurring.

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Selling the Beetle Kill

Summit County's Forest Health Task Force has long had the idea to bring blue-stained lodgepole pine products together into a catalog and brand it as a marketable building supply.The trouble is, the idea has taken shape, but the funding has not. With a goal of finding end uses for the millions of dead and dying trees in Colorado forests (estimated at more than 3 million acres affected by the pine beetle epidemic), Howard Hallman and the task force, a program of the Greenlands Reserve, have hatched the plan to create a user-friendly catalog of green, renewable products with architects, builders, developers and interior designers in mind.

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Foliage Viewers Impacted By Pine Beetle Work

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. -- The idyllic tranquility normally found in the mountains could be disrupted by the whine of chainsaws in Summit and Eagle counties for the next few weeks. People who travel to the alpine to view fall foliage are being alerted that many of their favorite trails or U.S. Forest Service roads could be closed or impacted due to beetle kill mitigation work.

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A flurry of forest projects in progress, on the way

SUMMIT COUNTY — As the mountain pine beetle continues its march across Summit County's forests, the Dillon Ranger District is following diligently in its path. Forest Service officials have more than a dozen projects on the way or already under way to reduce risks from fire and falling trees and to accelerate forest regrowth.

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Colorado State Forest Service seedling trees available

Summit County Extension is now accepting applications on a first-come, first-serve basis for low-cost seedling trees and shrubs from the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery in Fort Collins. The CSFS seedling tree program provides an affordable way to reforest and diversify Colorado landscapes using native seedlings.

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'Theater' of dead trees

The U.S. Forest Service's bark beetle mitigation efforts may change focus in 2011, and move toward attending to the broader scale of falling trees impacting watersheds. That's according to White River National Forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams during his presentation at Thursday's Forest Service Task Force meeting in Frisco.

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USFS releases study on Breckenridge logging project

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Forest Service has released its environmental analysis for the Breckenridge Forest Health and Fuels project, proposing extensive clear-cutting and other treatments across about 5,600 acres of public national forest land around the town.

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Teaming up for watershed protection in Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY — Denver Water and the U.S. Forest Service will join forces to treat about 38,000 acres of critical watersheds to try and prevent catastrophic damage to key streams and reservoirs, top officials announced Saturday, speaking at a press conference at the Dillon Marina, within sight of Denver Water’s largest mountain reservoir.

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Camping? Watch those fires

The Dillon Ranger District rated fire danger in Summit County forests as “moderate” Friday, but officials are nonetheless urging campers, hikers and other national forest visitors to exercise great caution.

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