Sawing logs…


One of the events held at the Saturday celebration of 50 Years of Wilderness in downtown Meeker was log sawing. Above, the two-person teams of U.S. Forest Service workers squared off against each other, and the women’s team, in front, defeated the men.

Forests now open; be safe and be aware

RBC I With Memorial Day this coming weekend, thousands of travelers are getting ready to kick off the summer outdoor recreation season. As people are getting tents and gear ready, the U.S. Forest Service encourages the public to be safe when enjoying their national forests.

Letter to the Editor: Snowmobiler tickets called callous

Dear Editor: On. Feb. 16, I had the privilege of attending the fund-raising third annual “I Ride with James” Snowmobile and Poker Run.

After a three-year closure, Spring Cave will reopen until Aug. 15

MEEKER I As many people are aware, Spring Cave has been closed for the last three years due to the threat of White-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease caused by the fungus, Geomyces destructans (Gd), that has resulted in the mortality of more than 5 million bats since 2006.

Fire season delayed by damp weather

RBC I Usually a delay means something is wrong, but good news arrived with the abundance of precipitation in May, meaning that the fire season in the White River Basin will likely be delayed from the earlier-predicted June start to at least July or August.

Provencio named new deputy forest supervisor

RBC I Heather Provencio has been selected as the new deputy forest supervisor of the White River National Forest. Provencio is currently the district ranger in the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest in Sedona, Ariz.

WRNF’S Potter wins award

RBC I In Washington, D.C., on March 27, White River National Forest employee Kim Potter was honored at the 2013 Wings Across the Americas Conservation Awards ceremony for her outstanding work in the field of bird conservation.

Wildfire hazard reduction

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service plan to issue multiple contracts for a wide range of fuels management reduction work to reduce the risk of wildland fires.

RBC caves remain closed

RBC I Regional Forester Daniel Jirón signed an extension to an emergency order today to restrict access to all caves and abandoned mines on National Forests and Grasslands in the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service (Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas). The intent of the closure is to minimize the risk […]

Dangerous avalanche conditions in the high country

RBC I Recent avalanche fatalities and current snowpack conditions in the high country have prompted the U.S. Forest Service to send a strong warning to those traveling in the backcountry to use extreme caution.

Roadless Rule review available

RBC I The Forest Service released the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RDEIS) for the proposed Colorado Roadless Rule for public review and comment on April 15, 2011.

Udall seeks money for mitigation

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is urging federal officials to fund efforts to mitigate the effects of bark beetles in Colorado and other Western states.