Spring road closures begin on the Rio Grande National Forest

MONTE VISTA, Colo., March 12, 2018 – Due to early spring melting, the Rio Grande National Forest has begun temporarily closing some forest roads to motorized traffic to protect road surfaces. Driving on soft roadbeds can cause unnecessary damage to the roads and may lead to increased sedimentation in creeks. 

Forest Service roads will be re-opened on an individual basis as road conditions improve. 

Information about the current status of specific roads may be found in the “Current Conditions and Restrictions” section on the home page of the Rio Grande National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/riogrande, or call the Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 719-852-5941.


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Upper Rio Grande Basin Watershed Health Video Released

LAKE CITY, CO., (March 1, 2018): Thanks to the videography of Christi Bode, a series of informational videos cover topics impacting natural resource and water issues throughout the San Luis Valley - including the Upper Rio Grande - and our entire region.  RWEACT and the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable provided funding for the Upper Rio Grande Basin:  Watershed Health vignette (now posted at www.rweact.org).  This eight-minute video is worth viewing and sharing.

Other videos feature The Conejos Watershed; El aqua es vida: Acequia Communities of Southern Colorado; Well Rules & Regulations; the Rio Grande Compact; Groundwater Management; and the Rio Grande Basin Water Plan.

RWEACT -- together with the Rio Grande National Forest and funded through the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Department of Local Affairs, and the Office of Emergency Management – works to promote partnerships and actions that provide for public safety and resiliency of communities and watersheds of the Rio Grande Basin of Colorado. More organizational information can be found at www.rweact.org

Outdoor Recreational Spending Dominated By Motorized Usage

http://www.coloradotpa.org/ reports the Conclusions of Dept. of Commerce Research

Lake City DIRT’s 2017 Annual Report Released

LAKE CITY, COLO., (January 25, 2018):   The Lake City DIRT Board is pleased to release the 2017 Annual Report which provides details on accomplishments from the local Main Street program.  More than 950 volunteer hours were contributed in economic vitality efforts.  The report is posted under the Organization Committee’s link at www.lakecitydirt.com or follow this link  https://www.lakecitydirt.com/committees/organization-committee 

Pile burning planned on the RGNF

MONTE VISTA, Colo., January 23, 2018 – The Rio Grande National Forest plans to burn numerous piles of woody debris in timber sale and thinning projects areas on the Rio Grande National Forest this winter. The burn areas include:
·         Belle Timber Sale - 29 large machine piles, Upper Rio Grande west of Creede
·         Mater Timber Sale – 53 large machine piles, Upper Rio Grande west of Creede
·         Black Mesa Timber Sale - 500 large machine piles, Upper Rio Grande west of Creede
·         Black Mountain Ranch – 75 hand piles, Upper Rio Grande west of Creede
·         Wolf Beetle Timber Sale – 5 large machine piles, Cumbres Pass area
·         Conejos Canyon WUI – 400 hand piles, Conejos Canyon below Horca
·         Mallard/Teal Timber Sale – 12 large machine piles, west of Saguache near Cochetopa Pass
These 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.
Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.
For more information, contact the Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 719-852-5941.

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