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Forest Restoration Project begins in the North Cheyenne Cañon Park
Thursday, January 08, 2015

Colorado Springs, CO – The City Forestry Division began operations on a Forest Restoration Project in the North Cheyenne Cañon Park earlier this week.

This project includes:

  • Treatment of 76 acres near the Starsmore Discovery Center in North Cheyenne Cañon
  • Timber stand improvement to encourage faster growth and better forest health, an improved mix of species and optimal wildlife habitat
  • Reduction of fuels and removal of insect and disease affected trees

The contractor, Seedmasters, began staging equipment on Monday, January 5 and operations will start this week. Citizens can expect to see personnel with chain saws removing dead oak trees in the shrub clumps and removing lower branches from evergreens. They can also expect to see heavy mechanized equipment chipping bio mass and removing larger diameter ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir conifers.

Special thanks to our partners: Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado Springs Fire Department and Colorado State Forest Service. 60% of the project is funded by the 2014 Colorado State Forest Service Restoration Grant and 40% is funded by Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services and Colorado Utilities.