Logging returns to the San Juan Mountains

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Logging returns to the San Juan Mountains

Forest Service: Expect more timber sales in Southwest Colorado
Levi Nielson, with Cascade Timber Salvage, drops a beetle-killed conifer tree last week near Beaver Meadows Road in a timber salvage area northeast of Bayfield.

Logging returns to the San Juan Mountains

Levi Nielson, with Cascade Timber Salvage, drops a beetle-killed conifer tree last week near Beaver Meadows Road in a timber salvage area northeast of Bayfield.

Logging returns to the San Juan Mountains

A beetle-killed conifer tree was cut down in a timber salvage contract near Beaver Meadows Road northeast of Bayfield. Cascade Timber Salvage of Bayfield won the contract and is currently logging in the area.

Logging returns to the San Juan Mountains

Andy McCoy, right, owner of Cascade Timber Salvage of Bayfield, talks with Josh Merrill-Exton, a timber sale administrator with the San Juan National Forest, before hauling in a load of timber near Beaver Meadows Road northeast of Bayfield. McCoy said most of the wood will go to mills around Colorado to be used to build houses.

Logging returns to the San Juan Mountains

A stand of beetle-killed conifer trees is part of a timber sale north of Bayfield. The U.S. Forest Service says it hopes to offer more timber sales around the San Juan Mountains.

Logging returns to the San Juan Mountains

An operator with Cascade Timber Salvage pulls out a beetle-killed conifer tree cut down near Beaver Meadows Road in a timber salvage area northeast of Bayfield.

Logging returns to the San Juan Mountains

An operator with Cascade Timber Salvage pulls out a beetle-killed conifer tree cut down near Beaver Meadows Road. The timber sale will remove more than 50,000 spruce trees that died from beetle kill.

Logging returns to the San Juan Mountains

The U.S. Forest Service says logging is making a comeback in the San Juan Mountains. Recently, a timber sale of beetle-kill spruce started north of Bayfield.
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