Forest Rangers Cracking Down on Buffalo Pass Parties

BUFFALO-PASSDestructive partying on the Routt National Forest is drawing the attention of U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers in the Steamboat area, as multiple events have resulted in a variety of issues, dangerous situations, and citations. Most recently, a party this past weekend on Buffalo Pass, involving youth ages 14 to 23, resulted in resource damage, sanitation issues, possession of drugs citations, MIP alcohol citations, drinking and driving, and an automobile accident involving party-goers. The Forest Service says this is an ongoing problem, which correlates directly with holidays, as well as both the start and end of the school year. Multiple large parties involving youth have taken place in the Buffalo Pass area and have had substantial consequences. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is asking the public to help protect and preserve their public lands from this type of abuse. Inappropriate, dangerous or illegal partying on National Forest should be reported to the local USFS office, by calling 870-2299.