Colorado residents challenge U.S. Forest Service work project near volcanic rock

ASPEN — A group of residents are looking to stop a U.S. Forest Service work project in western Colorado, claiming it would damage the environment and tourism.

The poplar Times according attorney John Swomley filed a petition in federal court last week on behalf of 21 residents of the Upper Fryingpan valley, claiming work would harm recreation in the area.

The Forest Service has authorized the clear cutting of about 2.5 square miles of forest east of volcanic rock. The project is regular to begin this summer.

District ranger Karen Schroyer aforementioned in a statement last year the work project would improve forest resilience and home ground for snowshoe hare.

The Forest Service declined to comment Monday, citing the unfinished litigation.