Big-game meeting Monday in Pagosa Springs
The Colorado Division of Wildlife has scheduled a public meeting to discuss big-game management and license allocations for the 2009 hunting season in the Four Corners.
The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Pagosa Springs Conference Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd., Pagosa Springs. DOW staff will be available to discuss the status of deer and elk herds. The public is invited to ask questions and discuss big-game hunting.
Ramblers OHV Club plans first cleanup day
The Rocky Mountain Ramblers OHV Club is gearing up for another year. The club's first cleanup day will be May 16.
The club - a family-oriented, educational nonprofit - meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at The Fun Center, 29603 Highway 160. The club works with the Forest Service and the BLM.
The club also is a member of the SW Trails Roundtable, a coalition of individuals and groups dedicated to the practice of good land stewardship, sharing the trails and discussing concerns and values of the multiple usage of public lands. The club has several projects and group rides scheduled.
For more information, contact Belinda at 749-0049 or at [email protected].
Volunteers needed for Durango kayak races
Volunteers are needed for the national canoe and kayak races scheduled for Durango on May 15-17. The U.S. National Whitewater Slalom qualifying races will be held on the Animas River. Olympians from the 2008 Beijing Games will compete along with members of the local Durango Whitewater race team.
Volunteers should contact Angela Lokken at 749-2256 or [email protected].
Picnic, raffle to benefit Elk Research Institute
The Elk Research Institute will hold its fourth annual picnic from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, at its preserve, five miles south of Hesperus on Highway 140.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children, which includes hamburgers, tours of the preserve every 20 minutes and games for the kids.
The tours - by safari truck or horse-drawn wagon - offer up-close views of elk bulls in velvet and cows and spotted calves in their natural habitat. This year, ERI will include a raffle to raise funds for the nonprofit's genetic research as well as ERI's Youth Adventure Weekends, which introduce youth to wildlife, conservation, hunter safety and hands-on science through participation in an actual research capture.
Picnic tickets can be purchased at Goods for the Woods, 307 S. Camino Del Rio in the Centennial Plaza in Durango, or by calling 749-4647.
For more information on ERI or the picnic, call 749-4647 or visit www.elkresearch.org.
Seniors Outdoors! plans weekly outings
Seniors Outdoors! announces the following activities:At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Wednesday Wanderers will meet at Santa Rita Park for a moderate hike on the Carbon Junction Trail. Trip leaders are the Hannulas. No RSVP needed.
On May 1, the Seniors Outdoors! Ladies Fridays will take a hike following the trail along Raider Ridge. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the trailhead at Third Street and Eighth Avenue. There will be options for a hard 9-mile hike or a moderate 5- to 6-mile hike. RSVP to Dorothy Bregar at 385-1814 or [email protected]. http://www.elkresearch.org
Nominations requested for advisory council
The Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region and Colorado Bureau of Land Management are seeking nominations to fill four positions on the Colorado Recreation Resource Advisory Council. The council provides the agencies with recommendations on recreation-fee matters for Forest Service and BLM lands in Colorado.
Positions expiring are: No. 1 - Nonmotorized winter recreation; No. 2 - Hunting and fishing; No. 3 - Motorized outfitter/guides; No. 4 - Local governments. Current members in these positions are eligible to re-apply. The creation of the Recreation RAC is a requirement of the 2004 Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, which helps the agencies deliver high-quality recreation services and facilities for public-land visitors.
Council members will be recommended to the regional forester for appointment based on the following evaluation criteria: Does the person represent an interest group, and how are they qualified to represent that group? Why does the person want to serve on the committee, and what they can contribute? What is the person's past experience in working successfully as part of a collaborative group?
People selected for positions will serve three-year terms.
Persons interested in serving on the Recreation RAC may review the application criteria and obtain a nomination packet at: www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/rrac-application.shtml or by contacting Pamela Devore at (303) 275-5043 or [email protected].
Nominations for the positions will be accepted through May 15.