Black Forest meeting to address hazardous trees


Snags (like these in the Waldo Canyon burn scar) are hazardous. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Snags (like these in the Waldo Canyon burn scar) are hazardous.

Many people  have returned to their land in Black Forest since the fire, only to be greeted by a new danger: A forest of snags (dead trees).

More than an eyesore, snags are unstable, especially in wind. And that means they're dangerous to people walking around beneath them. Since Black Forest was known for thick stands of trees, the snag problem is huge.

The county has been working to help Black Forest residents deal with snags, and another meeting is coming up on Dec. 18. 

Read on for details:

Black Forest Fire Long Range Recovery Planning Committee

Committee Meeting to Focus on Tree Removal

Colorado Springs, CO, Dec. 10, 2013 – El Paso County Public Services will give a presentation on tree removal to the Black Forest Fire Long Range Recovery Planning Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Commissioner Darryl Glenn will host the meeting in the Training Room West at the El Paso County Charles “Chuck” Brown Transportation and Environmental Complex located at 3275 Akers Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80922 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18.

Commissioner Glenn said, “The Black Forest community and residents have suffered significant losses and damages to their properties and trees. The purpose of this meeting is to address community concerns, provide additional information and obtain citizen input regarding the hazardous tree removal process prior to proceeding with any contracts.”

The tree removal presentation will be the same as the one given to the El Paso County Board of Commissioners during a work session at 2 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Centennial Hall.

The purpose of the Long Range Recovery Planning Committee is to oversee El Paso County’s participation in the recovery, restoration and rebuilding efforts within the Black Forest burn area.

Black Forest area residents are encouraged to attend these meetings to receive information relating to recovery activities and policy direction. 

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