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Leadville News – October 22

Logging Operations Change Local Landscape

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One of the most notable landscape changes resulting from the Tennessee Creek Project is the view from County Road 4 (takes you out to Turquoise Lake) looking south on to County Road 4B (takes you to below the Sugar Loafin’ Dam). What was once a dense forested area now provides a clear-cut view of the Arkansas River Valley. Photo: Leadville Today.

Even though the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) “Tennessee Creek Project” (TCP) has been in the works since 2012, to see its results today has been a stringing slap in the face for many Lake County residents. And even though the Forest Service’s six-year messaging behind the project –  “to create forest conditions that are more resilient to insects, diseases and fire to provide for sustainable watershed conditions – ” has been consistently presented to the public, for most locals seeing their nearby woods slashed down and hauled off in the back of trucks has been a startling wake up call to where things are likely to be headed for Lake County.

If you haven’t been out to view the logging operations near Turquoise Lake along County Roads 4 and 9C, you may see the results of those operations in the following Leadville Today video.

The TCP involves several locations including, Halfmoon Creek, Turquoise Lake, St. Kevin, Tennessee Pass and Mt. Zion areas. According to the original documents filed back in 2012 by then Leadville Ranger Jon Morrissey, the project encompasses approximately 19,400 acres, of which 11,700 acres are being treated. In other words, things are just getting started.

It was back in mid-August when the Forest Service distributed a press release concerning the “vegetation management” (translation: logging operations) associated with the Tennessee Creek Project, which is located in the San Isabel National Forest.  Part of the the project is adjacent to Turquoise Lake with sizable clear-cutting taking place on both sides of County Roads 4 and 9C. Today, logging operations are still very active in the area, and the public is asked to use caution when recreating, avoiding areas where logging equipment is working.

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The U. S. Forest Service’s Tennessee Creek Project continues at nearby Turquoise Lake. The project encompasses approximately 19,400 acres, of which 11,700 acres are being treated. Photo: Leadville Today.

A portion of the logs that are harvested from the area will be sent to mills in Colorado. The other portion of the logs are being stacked on site and available for public firewood collection with much of that activity presently underway.  However, it should be noted that firewood permits are required.

The other thing worth noting is that since the project began, there has been no acting Leadville Ranger, as the agency re-shapes its model, after the last local officer left earlier this year. Readers can catch up on that news HERE, with an update that no new ranger has been named, as promised, by the end of October 2018.

As for the Tennessee Creek Project, please contact Lisa Corbin, the Timber Program Lead at (719) 539-3591.

The Scope of the Tennessee Creek Project

The map of the Tennessee Creek Project clearly outlines certain parcels of land within the acreage and explains why they are included in the project.  The defined prescriptions for the Tennessee Creek Project are listed below for reference.Tenn Creek Map_1

  • Prescription 1B-1 emphasizes providing for downhill skiing on existing downhill ski sites.  This is in reference to the current Wayback Pod Project currently in development at Ski Cooper.
  • Prescription 2A emphasizes semi-private motorized recreation opportunities, such as a snowmobiling four-wheel driving, and motorcycling.
  • Prescription 2B emphasizes rural and roaded-natural opportunities.
  • Prescription 4B emphasizes the habitat needs of one or more management indicator species. Prescription 4D emphasizes maintaining and improving aspen sites.
  • Prescription 5B emphasizes forage and cover on winter range.
  • Prescription 7D emphasizes production and utilization of small roundwood.
  • Prescription 9A emphasizes riparian area management.


Leadville News – October 17


From Aspen Gold to White Gold

By Dana Tyler Johnson, Ski Cooper Director of Marketing and Sales

It was a snowy week last week dropping 16 inches of snow at Ski Cooper. With the colder temperatures, the Cooper crew is building a great base for the upcoming season!

Come out this Saturday, Oct. 20 to enjoy the views of the fresh snow, hear what’s new at Cooper and spend time with your ski & snowboard friends. There will be live music from Carey Nall & Winter as well as FREE FOOD! You can get your Ski Cooper season pass printed or purchase your 4 Day XP Pass for only $129 at the Guest Service Desk. There will also be a showing of the Street Level videos shot by Colorado Public Television with scenes from Leadville, Cooper & Chicago Ridge.


Head out to Ski Cooper this Saturday, Oct. 20 for their Community Meeting and Job Fair. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

Do you know someone who would be an amazing addition to the Cooper staff? Help spread the word that this Saturday, Oct. 20 will be the Cooper Job Fair from 9 a.m. to Noon. Positions are still available in most departments including ski school, rentals, food & beverage, ticket office & more! You can also apply online at HERE.

4 Day XP Passes go on sale online this Saturday, Oct. 20 for only $129. This pass is 4 days of skiing & snowboarding at Cooper for one person for the 2018-19 Season with no blackout dates. Buy online at www.skicooper.com.

Make your reservation now for a Mountaintop Yurt Dinner at the Ridgeview Cafe. Take a snowcat ride to the top of the mountain for a delicious gourmet meal that is locally sourced in a warm cozy yurt. Ski Cooper has expanded the yurt dinners to 7 dates this season: December 22 & 29, January 19, February 2 & 16, March 9 & 16. The dinners sold out early last season so gather up your friends and make a reservation. https://www.skicooper.com/yurt-dinner/ 

Now is the time to book your learning programs for the season. Save 10% when you book group ski & snowboard lessons online. Save even more on multi-week programs when you book in advance. The Grizzly Bears 8-week children’s program is $100 off if you purchase before December 1. There is also a new adult 5-week program called Reach for the Ridge that provides backcountry tips and includes a full day up on Chicago Ridge. Buy now and save $100. Make this the season to take your skills to the next level. https://www.skicooper.com/ski-school/

And here’s one last thing to really pump you up for the season. Join us Saturday, October 27th at 7 p.m. at the Cooper Lodge for the first showing in Colorado of “Face of Winter” by Warren Miller Entertainment presented by Volkswagen. This is sure to get you excited for a return to winter. Tickets are on sale online at $15/adult and $8/child HERE.  This is a fundraiser for the Cloud City Ski Club.