Turning of the evergreens

If anyone has a newfound appreciation for the dangers posed by dead, standing trees, it’s Sheila Wright, development director for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

On June 19, Wright was walking around the Seedhouse Campground in North Routt County, where corps members were busy clearing the closed campsite of hazard trees. As Wright passed under an enormous beetle-killed tree, a 5-foot-long limb — known as a widow maker — crashed down in front of her feet.

“That would have hurt, you guys,” Wright exclaimed after initially laughing. “That would have freaking hurt!”