Montrose mill eyes San Juan Forest for timber

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Montrose mill eyes San Juan Forest for timber

Plan would thin crowded ponderosa stands at risk for wildfire, beetles
Norm Birtcher, center, of Montrose Forest Products listens to Dolores District Ranger Derek Padilla along with local foresters and county officials. Birtcher met with Montezuma County about company plans to increase logging on the San Juan National Forest.
JERRY McBRIDE/Herald file photo

Without adequate thinning of overstocked forests, catastrophic wildfires can occur like the Missionary Ridge Fire of 2002, which burned so intense at times that it created firestorms.
Ponderosa pine forests in the region need thinning to lesson the risk of large wildfires and major beetle infestations.
This 2016 aerial view of The Glade area shows the impacts of a growing beetle kill problem in the San Juan National Forest. New logging being proposed will help thin out forests to make them more resistant to beetles and wildfires.

Montrose mill eyes San Juan Forest for timber

Norm Birtcher, center, of Montrose Forest Products listens to Dolores District Ranger Derek Padilla along with local foresters and county officials. Birtcher met with Montezuma County about company plans to increase logging on the San Juan National Forest.
JERRY McBRIDE/Herald file photo

Without adequate thinning of overstocked forests, catastrophic wildfires can occur like the Missionary Ridge Fire of 2002, which burned so intense at times that it created firestorms.
Ponderosa pine forests in the region need thinning to lesson the risk of large wildfires and major beetle infestations.
This 2016 aerial view of The Glade area shows the impacts of a growing beetle kill problem in the San Juan National Forest. New logging being proposed will help thin out forests to make them more resistant to beetles and wildfires.
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