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FHTF Meeting
Wednesday, January 18 2017, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Lower Snake Wildland Urban Interface
(WUI-Summit County)

The Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest is currently proposing to implement approximately 856 acres of vegetation management activities on National Forest System lands located in Summit County. This project is known as the Lower Snake Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Project. Potential treatment areas have been identified in the vicinity of Keystone, Keystone Gulch, Frey Gulch, Tenderfoot Mountain, and along Swan Mountain Road. Vegetation management activities include clearcuts, salvage, pre-commercial thinning, and pile burning in a variety of forest cover-types such as lodgepole pine, subalpine fire, Engelmann spruce, Douglas-Fir, quaking aspen, and blue spruce. Lodgepole pine makes up approximately 75% of the forested area within the Lower Snake WUI project area. The majority of the lodgepole pine can be defined as small diameter trees with moderate to dense canopies. There are many insects and diseases that can affect lodgepole pine, two of the most damaging and common agents are mountain pine beetle and dwarf mistletoe; both have affected the project area to varying degrees. As a result, the purpose of this project is to:

* Improve forest resistance and resilience to potential future disturbances by maintaining or increasing age class and structural diversity and where feasible increase species diversity.

*Reduce the extent of dwarf mistletoe infection in regenerating lodgepole pine stands that have been affected by the recent mountain pine beetle epidemic.

*Reduce the residual impacts of the mountain pine beetle epidemic within the wildland urban interface by breaking up the continuity and reducing the accumulation of future heavy fuel loading over the long term.

*Reduce flammable vegetation along important primary ingress/egress routes in the project area including Montezuma Road, Swan Mountain Road and Keystone Gulch.

*Manage young stands of lodgepole pine to improve growth and individual tree vigor.

*Reduce impacts of potential future wildfire to the local community and existing infrastructure located on Forest including utility lines, roads, ski area infrastructure, and trails by reducing adjacent fuel loading.

Participants at this meeting learned more about this proposed project. Further project information can be found here: