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    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

Forest Health: News Releases

 

April 03, 2012
Hazard Tree Mitigation Work At Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
Park staff will be removing hazard trees during the month of April at Sprague Lake as part of ongoing beetle mitigation work. Temporary trail and picnic area closures will be implemented during tree falling operations. Temporary work stoppages can occur, on occasion, to allow hikers and vehicles through.

 

March 16, 2011
Protection of High Value Trees and Hazard Mitigation Projects Continue in 2011
Bark beetles continue to be active within Rocky Mountain National Park, impacting large numbers of conifer trees. The park’s priorities for mitigation of the effects of beetles are focused on removing hazard trees and hazard fuels related to the protection of life and property.

 

April 05, 2010
Protection of High Value Trees and Hazard Mitigation Projects Continue in 2010 at Rocky Mountain National Park
Bark beetles continue to impact large numbers of conifer trees in the park. Starting in early April and ending by Memorial Day weekend, the park is planning to apply a Carbaryl based insecticide to up to 5,000 high-value trees to protect them from bark beetles.

 

March 29, 2010
Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Plans for Spring 2010 Prescribed Burning
Fire managers from Rocky Mountain National Park are preparing to conduct prescribed burns in the South Lateral Moraine area, approximately 135 acres of open ponderosa.

 

February 03, 2010
Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Continuation of Winter 2010 Pile Burning Operations
Fire managers from Rocky Mountain National Park plan to take advantage of winter weather conditions to burn piles of slash from several forest thinning projects.

 
September 29, 2009
Firewood Collection Permits Available from Rocky Mountain National Park in October
More permits will be available to collect firewood generated from hazard tree removals within Rocky Mountain National Park. A $20 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged for removing up to five cords of firewood.
 
September 22, 2009
Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Winter 2009/2010 Pile Burning Operations
Fire managers from Rocky Mountain National Park plan to take advantage of any upcoming wet or winter weather conditions to burn piles of slash from several forest thinning and hazard tree mitigation projects. Exclusion of fire for the past century has resulted in unnatural forest conditions in some areas, with significant accumulations of forest fuels and an increased risk of a wildfire. In addition, park crews have been cutting hazard trees for mitigation of the effects of beetles.
 
August 18, 2009
Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Plans for Prescribed Burning
Fire managers from Rocky Mountain National Park are preparing to conduct prescribed burns in the areas of Upper Beaver Meadows, Little Horseshoe Park, and South Lateral Moraine. Burning will only occur if favorable weather and fuel conditions permit. The primary goal of the project is to reduce the threat of wildland fire to adjacent communities and park infrastructure by using prescribed fire to reduce the amount of fuel available in the project area.
 
August 4, 2009
Firewood Collection Permits Available from Rocky Mountain National Park Permits are available to collect firewood generated from hazard tree removals within Rocky Mountain National Park beginning August 15 through September 8. A $20 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged for removing up to five cords of firewood. Initially up to 50 permits will be issued. Additional permits may be available, depending on the amount of firewood remaining.
 

May 08, 2009
Mitigation Work in 2009 for Beetles Continues at Rocky Mountain National Park
Bark beetles continue to be active within Rocky Mountain National Park, impacting large numbers of conifer trees.

 

March 17, 2009
Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Winter 2009 Pile Burning Operations
Fire managers from Rocky Mountain National Park plan to take advantage of any upcoming winter weather conditions to burn piles of slash from several forest thinning and hazard tree mitigation projects.

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