Join us to see forest treatments and restoration in August

Each year the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) hosts summer field trips for the public and interested stakeholders. In 2019, here are the dates for two public trips:

August 7:  to visit sites on the Uncompahgre Plateau that have been treated by the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), and

August 8: to see the Big Park Timber Sale about 50 miles southeast of Montrose. This site is a Spruce Beetle Epidemic Aspen Decline Management Response (SBEADMR) treatment area. 

Please see below for details.

August 7 Uncompahgre Plateau Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Field Trip:

Meet: 7:30 am at the U.S. Forest Service office at 2250 S. Main Street (US Hwy 50) in Delta, Colorado to arrange carpooling.

Draft Agenda/Sites: Dominguez sage-grouse habitat improvement project, Bull Draw Fire overlook, Smokehouse Project, Uncompahgre Mesas Project. Contact Leigh Robertson for details and to RSVP by Aug. 5th.

Aug. 7: 6:30 pm BBQ

for CFLRP and SBEADMR stakeholders and field trip attendees at Cerise Park on Shane’s Way in Montrose (coordinates: 38°28'14.2"N 107°53'02.3"W or 38.470611, -107.883972). Donations to help pay for the cost of food will be accepted. Contact Leigh Robertson for details and to RSVP by Aug. 5th.

August 8 Spruce Beetle Epidemic Aspen Decline Management Response Field Trip:

7:30 am – 4:30 pm. Meet at the U.S. Forest Service office at 2250 South Townsend Avenue in Montrose, Colorado.

Location:  Timber sale is located in the Cimarron area, about 50 miles SE of Montrose.

Project Description:  Timber stands being treated are located in the Firebox Park and Big Park areas in a cool-moist high elevation spruce-fir stand between the Big Cimarron and Little Cimarron drainages. There are about 1,000 acres marked for treatment. The objective of the harvest is to promote a more resilient and multi-aged stand into the future. There are spruce bark beetles present throughout the stand as well as Armillaria root disease. Please RSVP to Leigh Robertson by July 29.