May 8, 2012 7:08 PM by Greg Boyce
The U.S. Forest Service is working to clear downed trees from the wind storm that blasted Custer County last November.
There are so many trees down, some trails in the area may have to be closed. Forest managers expect clean-up efforts may extend even beyond this summer. The public should be prepared to encounter blowdown conditions and trees that pose a danger. This includes hazards created by uprooted unstable trees that could still come down without warning. Forest users are urged not to cut trees out of trails and roads.
An estimated 100 miles of trails have been impacted with some trails extending into the Sangre De Cristo Wilderness Area where mechanized transportation and/or motorized equipment are restricted. In these areas, cross-cut saws will be utilized to remove downfall.
Local volunteer groups are assisting the Forest Service with clearing efforts.
Heavily impacted developed recreation areas and roads include: