Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Steamboat Named Tree City…Again

douglas fir treesFor the 24th consecutive year, Steamboat has been named as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. There are four requirements to meet the Foundations standards: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community Continue reading

Ski Resorts Break Record in Fees Paid

SKI JUMPThe 11 ski areas that operate in the White River National Forest broke the record for fees they paid to use public lands during the past fiscal year. The U.S. Forest Service says the ski areas that include some of the state’s top resorts paid a combined $16 million during the Forest Service’s 2014 fiscal year. That’s up more than Continue reading

Forest Visitors Asked to Avoid Certain Areas for Wildlife Purposes

forest-service-signA long-standing request for public involvement in big game, winter range management is being made by the Routt National Forest again this year. The U.S. Forest Service is asking recreational users to stay out of designated elk and deer winter range areas from November 15th to April 15th. Courtesy closure signage has been Continue reading

Forest Service, DEA Raids Illegal Pot Farm

MARIJUANA-300For the second time in a year, the U.S. Forest Service has eradicated an illegal marijuana-growing operation on national forest lands in the Aspen area. About a dozen Forest Service workers assisted by the Drug Enforcement Administration removed 2,630 mature plants near Ruedi Reservoir Wednesday. The illegal Continue reading

C-DOT to Use Different Method for Triggering Avalanches

AVALANCHE WARNINGThe U.S. Forest Service has approved the use of remote-controlled blasters to trigger small snowslides in an attempt to keep big avalanches from blocking Berthoud Pass near Winter Park Continue reading

Tipton’s Transparency Bill Heard in House Committee

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) legislation to increase transparency in public land transfers received a hearing in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation yesterday. Tipton’s bill seeks to improve the transparency, oversight and notification of land exchanges involving U.S. Continue reading

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 Continue reading

New Forest Supervisor Introduced

Medicine Bow National ForestDennis Jaeger, a veteran of both the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army, is the new Forest Supervisor for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB). Jaeger was selected for the post earlier this summer by Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Dan Jirón and Continue reading

Forest Service Wants to Hear from Residents on Trails

routt-natl-forest-signOn Wednesday, the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District (HPBE) is inviting the public to join them for a planning session regarding the multi-use trail system on the Routt National Forest surrounding Steamboat. Various Continue reading

Fires Burning in Routt National Forest

WILDFIRESmall fires were discovered in both the Pinkham area and Mount Zirkel Wilderness on the Routt National Forest, Tuesday afternoon.  The Pinkham area fire, named the Camp Creek Fire, was Continue reading

Tipton Introduces Protection for Private Land Owners from Feds

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) has introduced two pieces of legislation to protect private landowners from federal land management agency errors, and increase transparency in federal land exchanges and acquisitions.  In 2009, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted a resurvey of federal land in Mesa County. The BLM initiates resurveys Continue reading

Committee Passes Fire Mitigation Cooperation Bill

FEMA-250The Senate Appropriations Committee included language in the Homeland Security appropriations bill yesterday instructing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to devise a strategy with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to better Continue reading