A tandem rotor helicopter places several logs at a designated spot in the Lower Williamson River near Collier State Park in south central Oregon.

U.S. Department of Agriculture / Courtesy

A tandem rotor helicopter places several logs at a designated spot in the Lower Williamson River near Collier State Park in south central Oregon.

Helicopter logging to be used at Steamboat's Howelsen Hill

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— Don’t worry about the helicopters above your home. They’re not for you. The city of Steamboat Springs has contracted with local logging company Precision Timber and R&R Connor Aviation to use a helicopter to remove more than 90 trees from Howelsen Hill on Sept. 15 and 16, according to a news release from the Colorado State Forest Service and the city of Steamboat Springs.

A relative of the mountain pine beetle has infected some Douglas fir trees on Howelsen, creating a hazard for the ski jumps and the athletes who use them. The use of a helicopter to remove the trees will minimize damage to trails.

Removing the infected trees also will help stop the spread of the beetles. The Colorado State Forest Service studied the trees on Howelsen and recommended a course of action. Harvesting treatments, pheromone deployment and further monitoring and evaluation will be used, according to the news release.

“The removal of all infested trees will provide the best opportunity for controlling the present infestation,” Carolina Manriquez, a forester with the Colorado State Forest Service Steamboat Springs District, said in the news release. “However, the Douglas fir beetle is an endemic species in this area and could still pose a problem in the future.”

Some trails may be closed during the logging operation.

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