Local News

Latest Local News

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.

Read More  


Vail Resorts launches forest restoration

VAIL, Colorado — More than 80 Vail Resorts employees rolled up their sleeves Monday to plant willows and reseed native vegetation in an area devastated by the 2002 Hayman fire. The reforestation work was the first of several volunteer days the company is contributing toward the $4 million Hayman Restoration Project, aimed at undoing the damage created by Colorado's largest-ever wildfire.

Read More  

Study shows low awareness of fire risks in Red Zone

Many people buying mountain homes for the first time do not fully understand the wildfire risks in the wildland-urban interface zone, according to a U.S. Forest Service study conducted in the Colorado Springs area. The study is posted in a Scribd.com window at the end of the story.

Read More 

Forest Service presents modified plan for Breckenridge forest health

U.S. Forest Service officials presented the latest version of a plan to reduce fire risk and improve forest health on 5,600 acres of public land near Breckenridge. The modified plan, presented Wednesday night to the public, calls for logging operations to remove dead and dying lodgepole pine trees affected by the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Officials expect lodgepole mortality to reach 90 percent within the next several years.

Read More



Pine beetles increase falling tree danger in backcountry

Buried pines also pose threat to snowmobilers
SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado — As if wildfire danger and marred views weren't enough, the mountain pine beetle has found yet another way to spoil our fun: Falling trees.

Read More

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.

Read More  


Lodgepole regeneration will benefit lynx

If there’s a silver lining to the pine beetle storm clouds sweeping Colorado forests, it may be for the threatened Canada lynx. The rare cats depend on snowshoe hares as their most important source of food, and as dead lodgepole pine forests grow back over the next few decades, they will provide vast new areas of good hare habitat, at least temporarily.

Read More  

Summit lawmakers head to D.C. for forest health funds

Summit County's state lawmakers are in the nation's capital today, testifying in support of legislation that would provide funding to address the mountain bark beetle epidemic. State Sen. Dan Gibbs and State Rep. Christine Scanlan, both of whom represent Summit County, are lobbying U.S. senators in hopes of drumming up millions of dollars for western forests through the National Forest Insect and Disease Emergency Act.

Read More 

George Wuerthner: Are beetles and wildfire fears misplaced?

The current pine beetle “outbreak” that has led to higher tree mortality among Colorado forests has prompted some people to suggest that beetle-kill trees will invariably lead to larger wildfires and “destroy” our forests. At the heart of this issue are flawed assumptions about wildfires, what constitutes a healthy forest, and the options available to humans in face of natural processes that are inconvenient and get in the way of our designs.

Read More


Climate change threatens ski industry, group says

Summit Daily News
BRECKENRIDGE — Colorado's ski industry is in danger of “melting away” if Congress doesn't act decisively on climate change legislation, said Dana Hoffman, an energy expert with Environment Colorado.