Area residents looking for more information on a planned wildfire mitigation project in the Upper Monument Creek area are invited to public meetings. KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.
The proposed mitigation project on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests looks to treat about 25,000 acres of land in El Paso, Douglas, and Teller counties.
Proposed treatments include thinning and controlled burns. The goal is to reduce the damage of wildfires to both the woodland and the surrounding communities by creating a healthier forest. The treatments also aim to reduce the effects of insects, disease outbreaks, and flooding.
There is a public comment period that ends July 7th. A final environmental impact statement is expected by August of next year.
Meeting Locations: (all take place 5-8pm)
May 28, 2014 at Penrose Library, Colorado Springs
May 29, 2014 at Monument Public Library
June 3, 2014 at Woodland Park Library
For more information, visit the Upper Monument Creek Info Blog from the Pikes Peak Ranger District.