|June 28, 2006|
Contact: Rey Adame 307-352-0399
Martin Hudson 307-367-5315
BLM to Remove Bug Killed Trees in Scab Creek Campground
Bark Beetle infested Douglas-fir trees from the Scab Creek Campground and nearby area will soon be removed. This timber harvest removal operation is necessary to restore the forest and reduce wildfire risk. Additionally, recreationists, visitors and hunters are less likely to be injured by falling, dead and decaying trees. Tree removal operations could begin as early as the first week of July and extend through most of the summer.
Visitors to the Scab Creek Trailhead should expect log hauling activity on the main access road. The campground may be closed for a substantial portion of the summer. The BLM hopes major operations will be completed prior to hunting season.
“We will work closely with the tree harvest contractor to reduce inconveniences to the public,” said Martin Hudson, outdoor recreation planner with the Pinedale BLM office. Nearly all of the large trees within two 15-acre Douglas-fir tree stands are dead and will be removed. Seedling trees are being grown and will be planted in 2007.
The Scab Creek Recreation Area is located 15 miles northeast of Boulder and is a major recreational access to the Bridger Wilderness and Wind River Mountains. This activity will not affect the nearby Scab Creek Wilderness Study Area.
For more information contact BLM Recreation Planner, Martin Hudson at 307-367-5315 or BLM Forester Neil Schiche at the 307-631-0438.