Hal Pearce wears three hats with USFS; Meeker native ready to resume normal jobs

Meeker native Hal Pearce is keeping extra busy these days as he has been filling the position of interim ranger for the Meeker district of the White River National Forest since the departure of Ken Coffin, who transferred to Red Lodge, Mont., in November. In addition to his interim duties, Pearce is also doing his regular jobs with invasive species and pesticide coordinator for an area that includes Colorado, Southern Wyoming, the Black Hills and portions of Nebraska and Kansas. He is also program manager for the White River National Forest ranger staff.

RBC I Meeker-area native Hal Pearce currently wears three hats within his duties at the U.S. Forest Service and he is awaiting the day in the “hopefully” not-too-distant future when he only has to fill two hats.

WRNF places 2 million acres out of leasing

RBC I White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams announced on Thursday the release of the Final Record of Decision (ROD) for future oil and gas leasing on the forest. The Final ROD approves the document that identifies lands available for oil and gas leasing on the 2.2 million acre White River National Forest and […]

Christmas tree permits available

RBC I Christmas tree permits are available through Dec. 23 from the White River National Forest offices for $10 per permit and may be purchased with cash, check or credit card. There is a maximum of five tree permits per person. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mail-order permits […]

New travel rules take over in White River National Forest

RBC I The White River National Forest’s winter motor vehicle use season began began Monday and ends May 20. During the winter season all wheeled vehicles (including bikes) are limited to plowed routes, travel allowed through designation as open in the Forest’s 2011 Travel Management Plan, or by a permit specific to the activity.

Prescribed burns planned at Ute Creek and Trappers Lake

RBC I The Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest plans to conduct slash pile burning in the Ute Creek and Trappers Lake area in the coming days.

Fourth graders eligible for free Christmas tree permit

RBC I White River National Forest is excited to announce that all fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the new White House initiative Every Kid in a Park (“Every Kid”). Every Kid is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of conservationists.

Christmas tree permits now available to cut trees in White River National Forest

RBC I Christmas tree permits are now available from the White River National Forest offices, including the one in Meeker. The cost per permit is $10 and may be purchased with cash, check or credit card at office locations. There is a maximum of five tree permits per person, and they will be sold through […]

Pack it in? Pack it back out, too

RBC I Westerners take great pride in their independent and self-sufficient nature, but that spirit is not always evident in the backcountry when people leave their trash for “someone else” to remove. Earlier this month, a Colorado man was sentenced to federal prison as punishment for massive littering, including leaving approximately 8,500 pounds of trash […]

Deep Creek, part of Flat Tops, is recognized by Forest Service act

RBC I On July 9, after seven years of intensive collaborative, public involvement and more than 30 years since local citizens first championed the idea, the White River National Forest released a decision that the first 11 miles of Deep Creek, located on the southeastern corner of the Flat Tops plateau, is suitable to receive […]

Injured vets to spend time in Flat Tops

RBC I Freedom Alliance is set to host four injured service members on an outdoor expedition through the scenic Flat Top Mountains in the White River National Forest of Colorado this month.

Summer rules for forest travel begin today

RBC I “Summer” officially arrives on the White River National Forest today.

National Forest groups sponsoring online photo contest

RBC I The National Forest Foundation, the White River National Forest and Yonder have partnered to bring you the #ItsAllYours photo contest.