USFS Awards Colorado Stewardship Contracts

Stands of dead timber in the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest near Steamboat Springs will be among those harvested during the next decade under a stewardship contract announced this week by the U.S. Forest Service. The $4.75 million contract awarded to Confluence Energy of Kremmling is one of two such contracts totaling $13.4 million. A second, […]

Stands of dead timber in the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest near Steamboat Springs will be among those harvested during the next decade under a stewardship contract announced this week by the U.S. Forest Service.

The $4.75 million contract awarded to Confluence Energy of Kremmling is one of two such contracts totaling $13.4 million. A second, $8.66 million contract was awarded to West Range Reclamation of Hotchkiss for work that will be done in the neighboring White River National Forest. Combined, they will treat a minimum of 20,000 acres.

Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos said the purpose of stewardship grants is to improve the health of the forest while mitigating wildfire danger. But the contracts were awarded with an eye to giving local economies a boost at the same time.

“It’s based on entrepreneurs,” he said. “Hopefully this is the project that will enable Confluence to get on their feet and make a run at a viable industry.”

In Gypsum, along Interstate 70 west of Vail, the second grant will produce biomass for a new electrical power plant.

From Steamboat Today: http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2012/nov/27/kremmling-wood-pellet-plant-lands-475-million-deal/

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