Dispose Of Beetle-Infested Trees And Noxious Weeds Free Of Charge
Delay all non-emergency tree-cutting while pine beetles fly
While it is not advised to cut trees now as bark beetles begin to fly, trees which have already been felled are accepted for free disposal at the Town of Estes Park’s air curtain burner site, located at 666 Elm Road. The site is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Individuals who need to dispose of noxious weeds may bring them to the site in paper bags on Fridays only. No plastic bags can be accepted.
Accepted trees must have no pine needles, be stripped of all branches and cut into sections no longer than three feet. Only trees currently infested by pine beetles within the Estes Valley will be accepted. The site will not take stumps,slash, pine needles, or branches with needles. There is no charge for the disposal of the weeds and trees, but the preparation and transport must be handled by the property owner or a private contractor.
It is not advised to cut any trees now, as mountain pine beetles are beginning to fly and attack new host trees in the Estes Valley. Bark beetle behavior is often regulated by pheromones with a similar chemical composition to conifer resins and freshly cut timber can attract beetles. The Town advises that unless wildfire risk or falling tree hazards present an immediate concern, tree-cutting should be done after the bark beetle flight period has ended. The infestation of new trees will likely continue through September.
The Town’s Beetle Busters are a mostly volunteer team who perform landowner education, inspections of properties and identification of brood trees in the Estes Park area. Beetle Buster efforts in the Estes Valley over the past four years have helped homeowners identify brood trees so they can be removed before the annual beetle flight. However, in consideration of the possible risk of cutting trees at this time, Beetle Buster inspections have been suspended until mid-October. Requests for inspections may be made after October 15 by calling the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3587. Town of Estes Park landowners are required by ordinance to remove and destroy infested trees to help mitigate the epidemic.
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