Tag Archives: forest

Crosho Lake Closed For Dam Repair

Crosho Lake and the adjacent Dispersed Campground in the Little Flat Tops Range in the Routt National Forest near Yampa, is now closed for repairs to the Crosho Lake dam. The closures are expected to last for at least eight weeks, to allow crews to repair a leaking valve and outlet Continue reading

Routt And Medicine Bow Fire Restrictions Lifted

Fire restrictions for the entirety of the Routt National Forest and a large portion of the Medicine Bow National Forest have been lifted. In the Medicine Bow National Forest, the restrictions have been lifted for the Sierra Madre and Snowy Ranges, as well as the Pole Mountain Unit, but restrictions Continue reading

Forest Road Closed In North Routt County

Forest Road 500 in North Routt County is now closed to allow culverts in the area to be replaced. Nearly five miles of the road near Little Red Park will be fully closed for two weeks while the work is taking place. Non-motorized access to the surrounding forest will still be available and recreation sites outside of the closure area will remain open. Those traveling through the National Continue reading

Submit Forest Legacy Proposals To Protect Land

Colorado land owners can now submit Forest Legacy Program proposals to the Colorado State Forest Service. The program allows the land owner to sell their private forest land to the Colorado State Forest Service or the USDA forest service through a permanent conservation easement. A permanent conservation easement is a voluntary, legally binding agreement that limits certain types of uses or prevents Continue reading

Routt National Forest Fire Restrictions Instituted

Along with the fire restrictions that have been instituted in Moffat County and for lands managed by the BLM’s White River Field Office, Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in place for the entirety of the Routt National Forest. The restrictions pertain to lands located in Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Routt Counties. The restrictions are Continue reading

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Instituted

Those planning travel for the fourth of July weekend to Garfield or Mesa Counties, should be aware that Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in place. The decision to institute the fire restrictions is based on vegetation water levels. Despite good snow pack this year, recent hot and dry weather in the area has resulted in high fire danger at lower elevations in Mesa and Grand Counties. Fire restrictions have not Continue reading

New Mountain Bike Restrictions For Buffalo Pass

In order to address illegal mountain bike trails in the Buffalo Pass area near Steamboat, the U.S. Forest Service has issued a special order, prohibiting off-route bike riding in the area. The order goes into effect immediately and will cover the Soda Creek area to the north, Mt. Zirkel Wilderness to Continue reading

Comment On Elk Park Road Management Changes

Public comments are due this week for those who want to have there input considered for possible management changes to Elk Park Road, also known as Forest Road 314.  Elk Park Road is located just north of Steamboat and provides access to the Elk Park area and Elk Park Trail-head. Extensive erosion and rutting along with reoccurring management challenges have led to the Continue reading

Suspicious Bomb Like Item Discovered

Routt County Sheriff’s officers responded to a suspicious item yesterday in the Buffalo Pass area near the Dry Lakes Campground. A hiker in the area called police after finding a square package containing wires, that looked like it could be a bomb. Upon arriving at the scene, Routt County Deputies confirmed the hiker’s Continue reading

UPDATE: Fire In Rio Blanco County 40% Contained

A private burn resulted in a wildfire Tuesday afternoon in Rio Blanco County. The fire, which occurred on Rio Blanco County Road 8 near Buford, was moving towards buildings on the property when crews arrived.  Fortunately, firefighters Continue reading

Beetle-Kill Tree Removal Scheduled

The Colorado State Forest Service will be working with the BLM to address beetle-kill timber on public lands in Grand County with the objective of harvesting dead beetle-kill trees in the area for beneficial use. This will make the forest in the area healthier and easier to defend against future wildfires. The BLM and Forrest Service are Continue reading

Silver Creek Fire Triples In Size

FireA meeting will take place Wednesday evening to allow the Silver Creek Fire Management Team to provide information on the fire. The meeting will be held at the Stagecoach fire station beginning at 6:30. The Silver Creek Fire, burning four miles south of Stage Coach Reservoir, in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness area in the Routt National Forest increased to 25 acres yesterday. Crews are giving special attention to structures Continue reading