Vegetation cleared to reduce human/bear conflicts at Difficult Campground |

Vegetation cleared to reduce human/bear conflicts at Difficult Campground

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — In partnership with White River National Forest, a Colorado Department of Corrections crew has completed using chainsaws and a wood chipper to cut and mulch woody brush and scattered dead aspen trees in Difficult Campground this past week.

The objective was to reduce bear presence in the campground by removing berry-producing shrubs and shrub cover around campsites, while maintaining some privacy screening between sites. During the past three years, campers have had close encounters with bears at Difficult Campground. One example was when a bear sat on a tent with people inside while it was eating serviceberries from a bush overhanging the tent.

The cutting and mulching targeted areas of dense, regenerated oak, serviceberry, dogwood, elderberry, and alder under aspen trees that dominate the campground. In particular, the work removed shrubs providing natural bear food and cover where campers set up tents and prepare their food. Work was done so it did not disrupt the planned opening of the campground on Friday, May 17.

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