Forest Service tackles Silverthorne beetle kill

With many of the logging projects in the core of Summit County under way, the Forest Service is setting its sights on a large-scale forest-health study in the Lower Blue north of Silverthorne.

To help the public understand the scope of the project, the agency is holding an open house on Tuesday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Dillon Ranger District office at 680 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne.

According to a Forest Service press release, drought, mild winters, and single-aged mature stands of pine trees have made the forest susceptible to pine beetle attacks across much of northern Colorado.