Foresty work at Mesa Lab begins Monday

On Monday, September 26, wildfire mitigation work begins on the NSF-owned land around ML, FB, and the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail.  This project will reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire by thinning dead, dying, or poorly formed trees.  Detailed information available at   The project will last approximately 5-7 weeks, depending on weather.

Expect to see vehicles and forestry workers on site, and to hear noise.  Some work will occur close to ML and FB, and in the parking lot. Parking spaces will be blocked off to accommodate work vehicles.  We anticipate having ample parking available for ML and FB staff. 

The Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail will be closed for approximately 4 days starting Tuesday, September 27 .  Hikers will be re-routed to the water tank access road.

For your safety and the safety of the work crew, please obey all posted signs and traffic control.

Project updates will be posted to and Staff Notes Daily.

Thank you for your patience during the project. As we know from last year’s Fourmile Canyon Fire and Dome Fire, wildfire can present a real risk to safety.  Proactive wildfire mitigation efforts will protect our staff, visitors and buildings while supporting a healthy local ecosystem.

For more information, contact:

Kimberly Kosmenko - Project Communications

Milenda Powers - Safety and Project Communications

Matt McMullen - Project Manager

Will this event be webcast to the public by NCAR|UCAR?: 
Announcement Timing: 
September 23, 2011 to September 26, 2011