Help needed to transplant pines during Bruce’s Trail workday |

Help needed to transplant pines during Bruce’s Trail workday

— The Steamboat Springs Nordic Council and members of the cross-country skiing community will put a new strategy in place during the annual volunteer workday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the trail on Rabbit Ears Pass where skiers typically get a head start on the ski season every October.

The appearance of Bruce's Trail, 14 miles east of the West Summit of the pass, has changed during the past 5 to 10 years as mature lodgepole pine trees infested with the mountain pine beetle have been removed under the supervision of the U.S. Forest Service to prevent them from falling on the ski trail.

Organizer Dave Miller said volunteers will be asked to help transplant pine seedlings sprouting in the trail to the adjacent forested areas to generate regrowth. Volunteers are asked to bring buckets, shovels and work gloves. Refreshments from Freshies restaurant will be provided.

The trail opened Oct. 26, 2012, with a foot of fresh snow.

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