Prescribed fires in Dolores, Pagosa planned to begin next week

San Juan National Forest’s Dolores and Pagosa ranger districts will conduct prescribed fires beginning next week. Burning operations will take place over several days when weather and fuel...

DATE: April 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Volunteers plant trees in the 416 Fire burn area

Despite a snowy forecast, a group of volunteers gathered at 9 a.m. Saturday in the 416 Fire burn area near Hermosa for an Arbor Day tree planting. The planting was organized by the nonprofit...

DATE: April 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal agency predicts significant fire risk for Southwest Colorado

Wildfire risk for Southwest Colorado is predicted to be above normal starting in April, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. “The Southwest is forecast to have above normal...

DATE: April 7, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Impact of logging near Dolores raises concerns about recreation access

San Juan National Forest officials are addressing concerns about a logging project’s impact to recreation in the Boggy Draw area north of Dolores. The 22,346-acre Salter Vegetation Management...

DATE: April 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Forester who planted 2 million trees uproots for next adventure

The total number of trees Gretchen Fitzgerald has helped plant in the San Juan National Forest during her time as a forester for the U.S. Forest Service topped out at 2,183,557. “Reforesting areas...

DATE: March 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pilot project allows OHVs on highway to connect entire Alpine Loop

The Colorado Department of Transportation recently approved a three-year pilot project to allow off-highway vehicles on Colorado Highway 149 in Lake City, thereby allowing riders to travel the...

DATE: March 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Damaged Colorado Trail section expected to be clear of avalanche debris by fall

A stretch of the Colorado Trail that runs through the Weminuche Wilderness is expected to be fixed by fall after a historic year for avalanches damaged the trail in 2019. Kristina Schenck, lead...

DATE: March 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grant to help with deluge of visitors to San Juan Mountains

San Juan County has been awarded more than $250,000 to help address the impacts of increasing outdoor recreation in its backcountry. Great Outdoors Colorado, which receives money from the state’s...

DATE: March 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water guzzlers quench wild animals’ thirst

With the Southwest drying up, water guzzlers placed throughout the San Juan Mountains for wildlife are becoming ever more important. Through the 1970s and 1980s, the U.S. Forest Service, in...

DATE: March 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Ride of the Ancients returns to Dolores June 26

The popular Ride of the Ancients cycling event is back, and has been revamped into a gravel-grinder course from Dolores through the San Juan Mountains on June 26. Riders can choose between a...

DATE: March 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Draft plan released for Purgatory Resort expansion

The U.S. Forest Service on Friday released the first draft plans for a proposed expansion of Purgatory Resort, which is now up for public comment. Purgatory Resort, about 25 miles north of Durango,...

DATE: March 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nearly 200,000 trees planted atop Wolf Creek Pass since 2019

An effort to restore the forests of Wolf Creek Pass has planted nearly 200,000 trees since 2019. Gretchen Fitzgerald, a former forester with the San Juan National Forest, said the forests atop Wolf...

DATE: March 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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