A top U.S. Forest Service official in the area said Wednesday she doesn’t believe a proposed timber cut in the Fryingpan Valley will overrun Basalt with logging trucks.

Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer signed a draft decision Tuesday to allow clear cutting, selective cutting and other vegetation management on about 1,759 acres in the Upper Fryingpan Valley over what would likely be a five-year period. In the best-case scenario, the project will start in fall 2018.

The governments of Basalt, Pitkin County and Eagle County all submitted formal concerns about the traffic the project could generate on Frying Pan Road between Basalt and the project area approximately 25 mile to the east. They fear it would threaten the safety of cyclists, anglers, boaters, campers and residents using the narrow road.

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