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By Ann Bond
Special to The SUN
The Chris Mountain Road (Forest Road 681) has been closed to public entry from its junction with Forest Road 628 to provide for public safety during the cutting and removal of trees in the area.
The timber project is part of the Chris Mountain Stewardship Contract, which will result in fuels reduction, forest restoration and improved forest health across approximately 580 acres of dense ponderosa pine stands.
The road closure will remain in effect while trees are being cut, chipped, or when chipped material is being removed from units and down the Chris Mountain Road. The closure is needed due to the use of various kinds of heavy equipment, poor site visibility in and around piles of cut trees and the hazards associated with large-truck hauling of material off the site.
The Forest Service will evaluate opportunities for opening the Chris Mountain Road during fall hunting seasons.
For more information, contact Richard Mendoza, Pagosa Ranger District, 264-1525.