Boulder County

Forest Thinning Operation at Heil Valley Ranch begins Today

The Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department will conduct a forest thinning project at Heil Valley Ranch Open Space beginning tomorrow Wednesday, October 27, 2010.
The department hired a local contractor to mechanically thin 130 acres of ponderosa pine forest in an attempt to create a mosaic of openings and uneven-aged groupings of trees.

The mechanical treatment involves the use of two machines: a harvester that fells, delimbs, and bucks trees into standard log lengths, and a forwarder to haul wood material off-site.

It is likely that open space visitors will hear mechanized forestry equipment operating near the Ponderosa Loop Trail.

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