The Denver Post today reported clearing of beetle killed tree along 72 miles of road in Northern Colorado.
“Crews have started clearing beetle-killed trees along 72 miles of Colorado roads because the weakened trees could fall without warning.”
Work begin in July and will continue through October. No estimates on how many trees are being cleared, a testament to the shear amount of standing dead lodgepole pines.
Lodgepole pines will be the main species target with some ponderosa and douglas firs being removed on an as needed basis.
Drivers may see workers above Berthoud Pass and Colorado 125.
The U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region stresses that public safety is the primary reason for these removals. Most work will take place in along CDOT right-of-way in Roosevelt, Routt, Arapahoe and White River National Forests.
Motorists should expect some delays and large piles of tree debris close to the road. Due to the large amount of dead trees that tree crews will be clearing, some stoppages may occur.
Trees will be mostly slashed and scattered along the forest floor, with a small amount used by the wood product industry.