MONTE VISTA, Colo., February 13, 1017 – The Rio Grande National Forest recently added another method to how the Forest communicates to the public by opening a Facebook page.
“We have heard from many people over the past year that we should get on Facebook,” said Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas. “Local residents, part-time residents and visitors have said they would like to follow us on the popular social media network, so we decided to jump in.”
The Forest plans to use Facebook to provide timely information about projects, safety issues, events and public meetings, as well as sharing historic and scenic photos.
“The Facebook page will complement our existing suite of public communication methods,” added Mike Blakeman, Forest Public Affairs Specialist. “We hope people will find the page to be informative, inspiring and fun,”
The Rio Grande National Forest Facebook page may be followed at
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Monte Vista, Colo. – The Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service recently announced the availability of over 900 temporary positions for the 2017 field season throughout national forests and grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Temporary positions are available in a variety of exciting and rewarding occupations such as fire, trails, forestry, engineering, wildlife, recreation, fisheries, archeology and administrative support.

For those looking to stay a little closer to home, the Rio Grande National Forest is seeking applicants who are at least 18 years old for nearly 20 temporary positions in the fields of archeology, fire, forestry, recreation, wildlife, and a general laborer for road maintenance.

Job seekers can apply for temporary jobs during the following time frames:
January 4-10, 2017: Wildland fire positions and other early season temporary positions.
February 2-8, 2017: Recreation, fisheries, forestry, engineering, and other positions.

Temporary job opportunities are available online at: Job seekers can apply through USAJOBS during the applicable time periods at:
Permanent job opportunities can be found online at:

For more information concerning temporary positions on the Rio Grande National Forest, visit the Quick Links section  on the Forest’s website at or call 719-852-5941.

MONTE VISTA, Colo. – The Rio Grande National Forest plans to conduct numerous pile burns in timber sale and thinning projects areas on the Rio Grande National Forest this winter. They include:
·         Conejos Canyon thinning project along Hwy. 17 south of Horca.
·         Elk Creek Ranch thinning project northwest of South Fork.
·         Ptarmigan Meadows thinning project northwest of Spring Creek Reservoir.
·         Mater and Belle Salvage Timber Sales south of Pearl Lakes.
·         Mallard and Teal Salvage Timber Sales in the Spanish Creek area west of Saguache.

“Winter is an ideal time to dispose of piled slash generated by timber sales and thinning projects. We will burn these piles when there is adequate snow cover to limit fire spread around each individual pile” said Sid Hall, RGNF fuels specialist.

These pile burns will take several days to complete in each project area and smoke will be visible from roads in the area. Signs warning motorist of prescribed burning activity will be placed along roads near these project areas.

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For more information, contact the Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 719-852-5941.

DEL NORTE, Colo - The San Luis Valley Interagency Fire Management Unit plans to conduct a prescribed burn in English Valley. The burn is expected to take place the week following Thanksgiving but specific timing of this burn will depend on fuels and weather conditions.

The 877 acre English Valley prescribed burn will take place on the Rio Grande National Forest’s Divide Ranger District approximately 5 miles north of Del Norte. The purpose of this burn is to rejuvenate grass and shrub cover to improve pronghorn habitat. For more information, contact Sid Hall 719-852-6205.

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