Steamboat briefs: Open house set to discuss proposal to cut down trees

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Open house set to discuss proposal to cut down trees

The U.S. Forest Service will hold an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. today at its Hahn's Peak-Bears Ears District Office at 925 Weiss Drive, to discuss a proposal to cut down beetle-killed trees near utility lines in the Medicine Bow-Routt, Arapaho and Roosevelt and White River national forests.

"There is an imminent threat to (power lines) from an increasing number of hazardous trees falling in the three forests," Cal Wettstein, commander of the Forest Service's Bark Beetle Incident Management Team, said in a news release.

The proposal is to remove hazardous trees within 200 feet from the centerline of transmission lines and within 75 feet of the centerline of distribution lines. It is thought this would reduce the risk of wildfires caused by trees falling across power lines.

To comment or for more information, contact Mary Ann Chambers at machambers@fs.fed.us. Additional information will be posted to www.fs.fed.us/r2/bark-beetle.

Sustainable Colorado to host roundtable discussion

The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado will host a roundtable discussion this afternoon for 37 representatives of government and private organizations in Steamboat Springs. The discussion is focused on statewide sustainability efforts, efficient building codes, energy conservation, and social, economic and environmental impacts and benefits of all of these programs.

The roundtable will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Bear River Bar and Grill but is not open to the public. For more information about the alliance, click here.

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