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Forest Service

For up-to-date information from the U.S. Forest Service's Sulphur Ranger District, please visit our  Know Before You Go section.

 

Date: June 12, 2013, 9:12:41 AM MDT

Subject: Tunnel Hill Work resumes

Work on the Tunnel Hill Fuels Project near Winter Park is resuming today, June 12, 2013. Funded in large part by Denver Water to protect its infrastructure and watersheds, this project is creating a critical fire break between the Town of Winter Park, Winter Park Resort and the Arapaho National Forest. The project involves hand cutting and piling lodgepole pine along thickly-forested, steep slopes. The piles will be cured and then burned when conditions allow. Nearly half of the 400-acre project was completed last year and the remaining work will be completed in the coming months. Some tree cutting will be completed on Ice Hill Trail and Lower Cherokee Trail. This work will be the contractor’s highest priority in the coming days, and these trails will be intermittently closed as a result. Please avoid this area until work is complete. Read more about this project.

 

Meanwhile, hazard tree work continues on lower Meadow Creek Road near Tabernash. Expect 30 minute delays when traveling in either direction.

 

K. “Reid” Armstrong

Community Based Public Affairs Specialist

Sulphur Ranger District

Arapaho Roosevelt National Forests

Pawnee National Grassland 

 

 

To avoid disappointment, be sure to call the Sulphur Ranger District's Visitor's Information Hotline at 970-887-4100 before planning your trip or heading out to the trailhead. Or, sign up for updates by emailing SRDUpdates@fs.fed.us; stop by the Sulphur Ranger Station at 9 Ten Mile Drive in Granby; visit www.fs.usda.gov/arp; or follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/usfsarp.

 

Even with all the work being done, forest visitors should be extremely cautious when recreating in the Arapaho National Forest. Dead and live trees can fall without warning. Visitors should avoid patches of dead trees, especially on windy days. Also, make sure to park vehicles and place tents and RVs in areas away from dead trees and take a saw or ax with you to remove fallen trees from roads to avoid becoming trapped. Remember, your safety is your responsibility.