Beetle-infested trees in Vail to be cut down |

Beetle-infested trees in Vail to be cut down

VAIL – The Forest Service recently approved removing dead and dying pine-beetle-infested lodgepole pines on 211 acres of land in Vail. The decree is part of the Vail Valley Forest Health Project, which is trying to alleviate pine-beetle damage in 3,000 acres of forest along Interstate 70 between Vail Pass and Avon, including land in Vail, Eagle-Vail, Minturn, Avon, Beaver Creek and Arrowhead. In addition to clearing unhealthy trees, healthy stands will also be thinned to make them stronger in resisting the pine beetle, said Forest Service spokeswoman Sally Spaulding. The Forest Service also will work on 338 acres of aspen trees, some of which will be cut to stimulate growth of new trees and create a fire break. For more information, visit the White River National Forest’s Web site at

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