Tag Archives: Forest Service

Voluntary Closures not Working for Forest Service

forest-service-signPermanent, seasonal closures for big game winter range are taking the place of voluntary closures in some locations near Steamboat on the Routt National Forest (RNF). Mandatory closures were part of the recently signed Steamboat Front Fuel Hazard Reduction and Habitat Improvement Project on the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears (HPBE) Continue reading

County Receives Form Letter Response from BLM over Sage Grouse Plan

sage_grouse-300The Moffat County Commissioners are upset about a letter they received from the Federal Office of the BLM, regarding the agency’s Sage Grouse Management Plan. The commissioners have said since the BLM and Forest Service revealed their plans, that the agencies dismissed the concerns and ideas of all cooperating agencies Continue reading

Fire Danger Rises in Forest Area

Medicine Bow National ForestThe Little Beaver Fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest and changing weather conditions have prompted Forest Service officials to issue statements regarding fire danger and safety. The 21-acre Little Beaver Fire was caused by Continue reading

Vehicle of Person of Interest in Routt County Murder Found

coleLaw enforcement looking for Cole Pollard have found the vehicle he was last known to be driving near Trappers Lake. The 21-year old Pollard is a person of interest in the homicide investigation of 22 year old Patricia Redmond. Redmond’s body was found tied up in a home in Clark Monday night. Last night, the Routt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle fitting the description of the one Pollard was believed to be Continue reading

Bennet Signs on to Letter Urging Sage Grouse Conservation Funding

sage_grouse-300Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet yesterday was one of a group of senators who urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to include full funding for conservation of the Gunnison and Greater sage grouse. The senators wrote a letter to Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochoran explaining that funding for sage grouse Continue reading

Forest Officials Removing Temporary Signs on Rabbit Ears Pass

routt-natl-forest-signStaff from the Routt National Forest began removing the marker poles for skier/snowshoe trails on Rabbit Ears Pass this past week. Trail users should be aware of their location at all times since some temporary signage will no longer be in Continue reading

Permits for Christmas Tree Cutting Now Available

christmas treePermits to cut Christmas trees on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests are now available at multiple locations in Colorado and Wyoming. Each permit costs $10 and allows for the cutting of one tree. There is a limit of five permits per household. Trees must be for personal use, not for resale. The permit must be clearly displayed Continue reading

Buffalo Pass Still Closed Due to Snow

routt-natl-forest-signRoutt National Forest officials are reminding recreationists that the Buffalo Pass Road remains closed by snow.  On the Steamboat side, the road is gated closed about three miles east of the Dry Lake Campground above Continue reading

Tipton Stresses Need for Public Input on Forest Plan

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) stressed the need for legislation to require the Forest Service to collaborate with affected local communities on travel management plans before implementing the rules. During the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation legislative hearing, Tipton questioned witnesses on Continue reading

Tipton Blasts Further Attempts By Feds to Control Water

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) stressed that the Forest Service’s newly proposed Directive on Groundwater Resource Management includes overly broad language that will expand the agency’s regulatory reach over groundwater and jeopardize privately-held water rights. The directive is strikingly similar in function and tone to the recent Continue reading