- Associated Press - Thursday, December 21, 2017

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Federal officials say they don’t believe a proposed timber cut in the Fryingpan Valley will overrun Basalt with logging trucks.

The Aspen Times reports Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer signed a draft decision Tuesday to allow clear cutting, selective cutting and other vegetation management in the Upper Fryingpan Valley, or west central Colorado, over what would likely be a five-year period.

The project could start as early as next fall.

Local governments expressed concerns about the traffic the project could generate. They fear it would threaten the safety of cyclists, anglers, boaters, campers and residents.

But Schroyer says she is confident restrictions placed on the project will keep traffic at an acceptable level. The increase will be less than 1 percent per day.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/

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