County lets logging trucks roll
Logging trucks got a restricted green light Monday, after the Garfield County Commission approved a special use permit to continue a timber harvest on 1,400 acres of private property in Teepee Park south of Rifle.Two citizens spoke against the special use permit application. Rancher Terry Broughton, who lives at 8789 County Road 320, told the commissioners logging trucks have run him off the road five times. He was also concerned about water quality in Beaver Creek, which runs through Teepee Park.Marlis Sturmer, who lives at 0684 County Road 321, said she is concerned about water quality, and that logging trucks could leak transmission fluid and other liquids into Beaver Creek.”I’ve never seen a heavy truck that didn’t leak,” Sturmer said.The special use applicant was Norman A. Carpenter, of San Antonio, Texas. Carpenter owns 4,464 acres in Teepee Park. The logging operator is Intermountain Resources of Montrose.The county commissioners unanimously approved Carpenter’s special use permit after a 90-minute presentation from his attorney, Jim Beckwith of Denver.The approval came with 13 conditions, including:-Timber hauling on county roads is limited to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Haul trucks will not travel in a convoy, and must be spaced at least 10 minutes apart before leaving the logging area property.-Log hauling will be stopped by request for ranchers to move cattle up or down County Road 317.-The county’s forestry consultant, David Hoefer, will inspect the property prior to Oct. 1 to determine whether terms of the special use permit are being met.Beckwith told the commissioners Intermountain Resources tries to put its loaded logging trucks on County Road 317 and 320 in the morning before school buses use the roads, and in the afternoons after the school buses have completed their rounds.”We expect to hold you to that,” County Commissioner Trsi Houpt said.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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