Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Logging Questions

I had some good questions about environmental impacts. When we decide to do a project, there are impacts. We search for ways to minimize those impacts while still meeting our major objective of creating an incredible place for people to ski. 

We could have proposed 10 major trails. Instead we proposed a couple of modest trails and some good glade skiing. We are removing trees, but we are removing far fewer trees than if we had done a conventional ski trail design.

We could have put many machines on the ground (and tearing up the ground) for several months removing the logs. Instead we had loggers go in on foot and drop the trees and we are using a helicopter for about three weeks to remove the logs. Yes, the helicopter uses fuel, but way less fuel than covering the ground with machines.

We could have left the logs on the ground, but that would have been very messy and the skiing would not be so good.

So.....we are going to create opportunities for great experiences. Yes there are impacts, but we are making them as small as we reasonably can.


Chipping in Progress


6 comments:

lawdog10 said...

Thanks for the update, Al.Why are you chipping the trees as opposed to selling the logs?

Steve M. said...

Alan- in your defense, those who appreciate A Basin as a special place (including my family and I from the east!!!) should understand that you and your staff represent true leaders in environmental stewardship and sustainability in an industry that has special issues that must be addressed over those in manufacturing industries. As you indicated previously, folks should read your 2016 Sustainability Report to have a true appreciation for your efforts and the challenges you face. Keep up the good work.

SM, Env Executive and Sustainability Leader

Richard Mendell said...

@lawdog10
Al covered this in an earlier post.

"Some of the trees have merchantable value as saw logs. Those logs will leave the ski area heading for a sawmill in Western Colorado. The material that has no merchantable value as saw logs will be chipped and shipped, probably, to Gypsum to be used in the new Biomass Power Plant to generate electricity."

Anonymous said...

Any chance of getting some of the logs for firewood?

Douglas Sproul said...

Hope to make it back one day to A-basin and the amazing community of people in Summit. And to shred some lift laps of the Steep Gullies! Congrats on a fine vision Alan and all involved. I'm betting there are going to be many stoked people showing up for that.

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

Thanks Doug. I think you will like this. Take care.