Nov 19, 2013 8:53 PM by Bill Folsom

Chainsaws buzzing at Red Rocks Open Space

Chainsaws are buzzing at Red Rocks Park in Colorado Springs. The work to restore native habitat and reduce wildfire risk will go on for months.

"In the long run this will get back to what it looked like 100 years ago, where it's just cottonwoods and tall grasses and a few pines.", said Mile High Youth Corps, Crew Leader, Daniel Nieman. Even though it may appear destructive, crews want everyone to know the goal is a healthier park. "It's less prone to fire, less prone to insects and diseases, and more readily use by the native animals that inhabit the open space," said Colorado Springs Forester, Dennis Will.

Similar work in the future is scheduled at the Section 16 trailhead and Ute Valley Park.



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