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The Game Trail Forestry Committee wants to remind everyone that the slash pit is open. The community borrow/slash pit is located to the south of Great Peaks Drive on the east side of the meadow. It is open April 1 through October 31 for the disposal of tree limbs.

If you have watched the news you know that much of the west is experiencing drought conditions.  Although California has understandably received most of the attention, much of Colorado is also abnormally dry.  This includes our portion of Chaffee County.  The last few days have also been windy and dry, causing the area to be placed under a “Red Flag Warning” for high fire danger.

Colorado’s fire season is often split, with the worst fire danger in spring (just before the summer monsoons) and fall (after the monsoons and before the winter snows).  This year, because of our lack of snow and warm weather, it seems spring might have started early.  An early spring, especially if a dry spring like we’ve had so far, may mean a long and difficult fire season.

With that in mind, the opening of the slash pit might be a good time to take a look around your home.  Is there any fire mitigation work that needs maintenance?  Are ground fuels cleared from around the house and out buildings?  Are dangerous ladder fuels removed?  Is the firewood stacked away from buildings?  Are the gutters clean of pine needles?  You can haul and dispose of any tree limbs, brush and other natural slash resulting from you mitigation work on your Game Trail property in our slash pit.

If you want advice or help evaluating your home’s “Fire Wise” condition, please contact the Forestry Committee and we would be happy to assist you.

Rick CaissieChair,
Forestry Committee

Below is an excerpt from page 8 of “A Guide to Living in the Game Trail Community”, found on the Game Trail Associations website.

Fire Prevention
All outdoor burning is prohibited in Game Trail. This includes all outside, unattached, freestanding, wood burning apparatuses such as freestanding fireplaces, above ground or in ground fire pits or fire bowls, chimineas or any other device that burns wood outside the residence. Cooking on gas grills is allowed. Charcoal grilling may be allowed depending upon County fire restrictions. Fireworks are strictly prohibited anywhere in Game Trail including common and private property. Fireworks or outside sparks can set off a devastating fire in both the forested and grassy areas of Game Trail, especially indrought years. This is a high mountain desert. Information on fire mitigation procedures are on the Forestry Committee’s website information. The website also has a link under community links to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s website for information on burning restrictions in the county.

Remove 5/15/15

Bill Hicks Resigns as Game Trail President
I would like to thank the entire Game Trail community for the opportunity to be your president for the last 7 months.  Our home is under contract and scheduled to close in mid April.   After the April 8th meeting, I will be resigning from the board and as president.  We have an outstanding board of directors and the transition should be very smooth.  George Janik will be joining the board when I leave.  I would like to thank all of our friends in Game trail for the last 15 years.  It is a wonderful community, Karen and I thoroughly enjoyed the time we have lived here.  Thanks to everyone.
Bill Hicks

Game Trail Association is the Homeowners' Association that is responsible for the maintenance of the common property in Game Trail, a Colorado Mountain Community.  Located on the east side of the Sawatch Mountain Range of the Continental Divide in the Upper Arkansas River Valley just northwest of the Town of Buena Vista, Game Trail enjoys temperate weather with a wide range of outdoor recreation to enjoy in every one of the four seasons.  The elevation of Game Trail provides unmatched views of the valley and the surrounding mountains. Check out the Image Gallery for pictures of the scenery, Game Trail life, and local wildlife.

To protect the elk migration patterns in the Upper Arkansas Valley, a section of Game Trail is an elk preserve with an elk corridor where no development will occur.  The 300-400 elk that winter in the valley can find refuge in Game Trail while foraging in the meadows and enjoying the winter sun.

Information about living in the Game Trail community is concisely presented in the Living in Game Trail pamphlet.
 Living in Game Trail Pamphlet

Jan Johnson is the GTA Financial and Administrative Assistant.  She may be reached at 719-395-2742 or jan@chaffee.net or GTAAdmin@gametrailassn.org.

Information about the Buena Vista community can be found by exploring the community links to other websites not affiliated with Game Trail.

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