Reducing the threat of wildfire and improving forest health are the aims of a tree–thinning project to be started this fall on public lands north of DeBeque.
Working with the Colorado State Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management will begin removing individual trees killed by bark beetles over the years on Horse Mountain near Carr Creek, which has seen major wildfires in years past. These dead trees could provide huge amounts of fuel to wildfires, making them burn hotter and more fiercely and possibly threatening nearby ranches and homes.
Helicopters will be used for most or all of the work in order to minimize damage to watersheds. About 700 acres of public and private land are expected to be thinned.
The project will start this fall and last through 2009.