Bald Mountain Stewardship, July 2021

The Bald Mountain Stewardship project focused on reducing fuel loads and fire risk on the Sun Valley ski area during its first full year of operation in 2021.

Work began this week on Bald Mountain to remove dead trees, plant new ones and free up ski terrain. The effort is part of a five- to seven-year collaboration between Sun Valley Company, the National Forest Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

Ongoing work will be visible from Ketchum throughout the summer and will cause trail closures at various locations where work is under way. The landscape-scale project is expected to eventually cover 6,000 acres, including more than 3,000 acres on Bald Mountain to “protect the area’s forest, local economy and viewshed,” states a press release issued jointly by the Sun Valley Company and National Forest Foundation.

On July 11, the French Connection and Traverse Trails were closed to all hiking and biking. The Bald Mountain Trail is closed to all biking but will remain open for hiking.

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