Forest Service

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    Responsible recreation begins with education

    National Forest Week (July 11-17) was started four years ago by the National Forest Foundation to “celebrate our incredible 193-million-acre National Forest System and all the benefits it provides to the public.”

    How do we responsibly celebrate our surroundings?

    Sam Massman, White River National Forest recreation program manager, said educating… read more →

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    Part 1: If an aspen grove falls…

    Since February 14, 2022, the popular backcountry recreation area Williams Peak, located along Four Mile Road, has undergone a transformation. A 90-acre “treatment area,” as it’s referred to by the Forest Service, sees a forest once so dense it required bush whacking to navigate, turning into a fieldread more →

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    Proposed Forest Service conveyance advances

    Perhaps you’re familiar, perhaps not, but the Forest Service administrative site on Valley Road, east of El Jebel and Crown Mountain Park, is bracing for change. Thirty acres of the 70-acre site, which has been used for Forest Service employee housing for decades, is slated for conveyance and its future… read more →

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    Input sought for Sweetwater management

    Although it’s over the hill and through the woods, Sweetwater Lake is still part of Garfield County and of particular interest to outdoor enthusiasts. 

    For decades, the acreage has fluctuated between private landowners but was recently sold, yet again, to the most attractive bidder: theread more →

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    Defiende's new director continues old traditions

    To bring a piece of foliage indoors during the darkest days of the year; it’s a tradition that has taken many forms over millennia. 

    What we call Christmas trees today signal back to pre-Christianity, with the Celts, Vikings and Egyptians all honoring evergreens — symbols of eternal life —… read more →