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1 year 5 months ago

Forest Service considers Maroon Lake bike fee

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is being urged to charge a fee for cyclists riding to Maroon Lake. The recommendation came Wednesday from a volunteer committee that advises the regional forester on national forest issues. Janelle Kukuk told foresters if cyclists use the same facilities as motorists...

1 year 10 months ago

Sen. Udall criticizes rejection of wildfire amendment

DENVER (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is criticizing his colleagues' rejection of an amendment he says would have fully funded the Forest Service's Wildland Fire Management Account ahead of next year's wildfire season. The Colorado Democrat says the amendment to the Supplemental Appropriation for Disaster Assistance would have restored...

1 year 11 months ago

Forest Service restricts shooting near Boulder

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is restricting recreational shooting to daylight hours in Lefthand Canyon and the former Nederland dumpsite in the Boulder Ranger District. According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/bmwlxof ), the new limitations are in response to safety concerns over shooting at night. Both...

3 years 3 months ago

Relief to timber sale purchasers

The U.S. Forest Service says it will offer relief to timber sale purchasers. The Forest Service says Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell will offer an option Thursday to timber sale purchasers designed to provide financial relief to the forest products industry. Colorado Sen. Mark Udall has urged federal...

3 years 5 months ago

Roadless rules could protect land

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say proposed Colorado roadless rules will provide the chance to protect 4.2 million acres from development. Regional forester Rick Cables said Thursday that exceptions would apply to less than 5 percent of the total acreage. Those exceptions include ski areas,...

3 years 5 months ago

Forest Service closing many unmanaged trails

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) - Forest Service officials are closing several unmanaged Summit County trails this summer. Dillon Ranger District spokesman Ken Waugh says the user-created trails often become unmaintained ruts where runoff can affect water quality and fisheries. Affected trails include several miles in the Golden Horseshoe area in Breckenridge...

4 years 2 months ago

Beetle-infested trees removed in Colorado

The U.S. Forest Service has begun cutting down beetle-infested trees in the Silverthorne area. Crews with chain saws moved into the area Monday and Forest Service officials say the work will continue indefinitely depending on firefighters' availability. The tiny beetles that burrow under the bark of pine trees...

4 years 2 months ago

Democrat Hickenlooper returned tax break to IRS

A Denver TV station is reporting that Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper paid over $52,000 to the Internal Revenue Service in 2008 to settle issues surrounding tax credits he received on conservation easements. KMGH-TV reported Tuesday that the easements were on land that Hickenlooper and a partner acquired in...

4 years 2 months ago

Homeowners flee Montana wildfire

Wildfires drove early morning evacuations in western Montana. A cold front brought lightning and sparked seven fires on forest service and private land. Ravalli County authorities began knocking on doors at 3 a.m. Friday, warning residents about three miles west of Hamilton that a fire in the Bitterroot National...

4 years 3 months ago

Plane crashes near Rollins Pass in Colorado

The Gilpin County sheriff's office says a plane crashed in the Arapahoe National Forest, but has few details. The sheriff's office received a call at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday of smoke on Rollins Pass Road between Nederland and Winter Park. Sheriff's officials say U.S. Forest Service employees found a...

4 years 6 months ago

Crested Butte expansion proposal rebuffed again

A U.S. Forest Service official has affirmed a decision blocking Crested Butte Mountain Resort's plans to expand onto Snodgrass Mountain. Deputy Regional Forester Jim Pena last week rejected the ski resort's appeal of a decision by Gunnison National Forest Supervisor Charlie Richmond in November to block the proposal. Richmond...

4 years 9 months ago

More pine trees coming down in Summit County

Federal foresters are expanding logging of trees killed by pine beetles in Summit County. The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday it will cut trees on an additional 1,100 acres of White River National Forest in northern Summit County. Last month the Forest Service said another 4,000 acres would be...

5 years 2 weeks ago

Coloradans win national awards from Forest Service

Three Coloradans have won national-level U.S. Forest Service awards for wilderness stewardship. Steve Smith is assistant regional director of The Wilderness Society. He received a Bob Marshall Award for Individual Champion of Wilderness Stewardship. Smith recently helped negotiate a water protection agreement inthe Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. John Anarella,...

5 years 2 months ago

Forest Service apologizes to Hispanic campers

The U.S. Forest Service has apologized for suggesting that campers who eat tortillas, drink Tecate beer and play Spanish music may be armed marijuana growers, calling it "regrettable" and "insensitive." orest Service officials apologized to Colorado Hispanic leaders in a meeting two weeks ago and released a written apology this...

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