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    Rocky Mountain

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Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Winter 2009/2010 Pile Burning Operations

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Date: September 22, 2009
Contact: Kyle Patterson, Public Information Officer, 970-586-1363
Contact: Doug Watry, Subject Contact, 970-586-1211

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.

Slash from these projects has been cut and piled by park fire crews and contractors during the last two years. Pile burning operations may began as early as September 25 and continue through April as weather permits. The piles, which are now dry enough to burn, are located in a variety of locations on both the east and west sides of the park.

Safety factors, weather conditions, air quality and environmental regulations are continually monitored as a part of any fire management operation. For more information please contact the park’s information office at 970-586-1206.

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a photo of treeline in Rocky Mountain National Park

If the current amount of total nitrogen deposition measured at the high-elevation monitoring site in Rocky Mountain National Park (3 kg/ha/yr) was the same throughout the park, the amount of airborne nitrogen entering the park would be equivalent to 35,500 twenty-pound bags of fertilizer. More...