Planned North Routt timber sale to span 4,500 acres |

Planned North Routt timber sale to span 4,500 acres

Rogue Resources owner Mike Miller operates a piece of logging machinery in the summer at the Seedhouse Campground in North Routt County.

City tree removal project may begin this weekend

Officials at Rogue Resources said they hoped to sign their timber removal contract with the city Tuesday and possibly begin the first tree cutting operations on the Elkins property as soon as this weekend.

Trent Jones, controller for Rogue, said much of the harvested timber would go to the company’s sawmill near Milner. Some of the wood is destined for a pellet operation in Kremmling.

The initial work is just the first stage in a larger project removing beetle-killed trees along the city’s boundary with National Forest at the foot of the Park Range.

The city of Steamboat Springs 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.

Rogue is scheduling more than a year for the project. Tree removal for the entire project is planned on about 305 acres split among 30 units, involving 135 landowners from the Spring Creek area to Storm Mountain Ranch south of the city.