Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs receives $1M grant for tree removal

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The city of Steamboat Springs has received a $1 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Colorado State Forest Service for removal of trees that present a wildfire risk in the Steamboat area. The project is expected to start in early December on land owned by the city, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., several homeowners’ associations and private homeowners in the city and Routt County. In a Thursday news release, the city cited lodgepole pines affected by the bark beetle epidemic as a focus of the project.

“The tremendous number of standing dead trees in this old-growth forest has resulted in very high to extreme forest fuels loading, as well as increased the risk of injury and property damage from hazard tree blowdown,” the release stated. Ron Lindroth, hired as the city’s Fire Department chief in September, is coordinating the project.

4th annual New Pioneers event is set for Saturday

The Community Alliance will host the fourth annual New Pioneers of the Yampa Valley event from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Com­m­unity Center. The evening consists of a dinner of locally grown foods, silent auction and celebration of the New Pioneers, local people leading us to a sustainable future.

This year’s nominees include Noreen Moore; Angela Ashby, of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council; Rockin’ J Cattle; Yampatika; and Yampa Valley Fly Fishers. Find out what programs are being created to make the Yampa Valley more sustainable.

The cost is $20. For more information, contact Rich

Levy at 846-3638 or cayv@wccongress.org.

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