Big prescribed burn planned north in county

MEEKER I The Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the Aldrich Lakes area sometime in late September or early October.

Meeker, Colorado – Home of the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree

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After more than a year of planning and gathering ornaments, the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, harvested 40 miles east of Meeker in the White River National Forest, was delivered, decorated and lit in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 4, 2012.

Capitol Tree celebrations

The donated and decorated Mack truck that will be used to haul the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington, D.C., arrived in Meeker last Friday. The tree will be cut Nov. 2 and driven to Meeker for viewing and a parade of lights Nov. 3.

MEEKER I The excitement continues

Middle Elk fire area closed

MEEKER I The Middle Elk Fire on the Blanco Ranger District is located some 30 miles north of New Castle, Colo., to the west of the Buford New Castle Road at Hiner Springs. For safety reasons the area of the fire remains closed at this time.

Help decorate the Capitol Christmas Tree

The 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.

RBC I What an opportunity for the young people of Colorado! Colorado kids can help provide one of the more than 5,000 handmade ornaments that will adorn this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree. Kids providing ornaments will be entered into a drawing for a trip to Washington, D.C. accompanied by their

RBC proud to furnish Capitol Christmas Tree tree

(Above) Blanco District Ranger Ken Coffin and Rio Blanco County Commissioner Kai Turner spoke with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper at a press conference announcing that the White River National Forest will provide the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree.

RBC I Rio Blanco County commissioner Kai Turner joined Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Under Secretary of Agriculture Harris Sherman, and representatives from the U.S. Forest Service last Friday in Denver for the official announcement that the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree will be provided by the White River National Forest. RBC

District urges caution on trails

MEEKER I This year’s heavy snowpack and cool spring temperatures are affecting travel on roads and trails across the White River National Forest. Many roads and trails that normally open in late May are still covered with snow. Several roads and trails have been covered by landslides. Soils in the high country are saturated, making […]