Forestry and timber

Logging, thinning plan for Dolores District is released

The San Juan National Forest is seeking public comment on a proposed logging and forest restoration project northwest of Dolores and east of Dove Creek. The draft environmental assessment for the...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Aspen forests northeast of Dolores proposed for logging

The San Juan National Forest is seeking public comment on a proposal to cut down mature aspens in an effort to improve forest diversity and sustainability in the Dolores Ranger District. The...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Logging returns to the San Juan Mountains

Commercial logging is making a comeback in the San Juan Mountains. Stagnant over the past decade, Matt Janowiak, district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service’s Columbine district, said timber sales...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos excelsior mill to start up again

The aspen lumber mill in Mancos is being reborn after a massive fire destroyed it in 2017. After months of negotiations, David Sitton purchased the 35-acre mill site from former operators Western...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

42nd annual Escalante Days to be held Aug. 10-11

“Where the Wild Still Lives” is the theme of the 42nd annual Escalante Days and Nights festival to be held in Dolores Aug. 10-11. The downtown festival began in 1976 to commemorate the nearby...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan National Forest tour near Dove Creek offered Aug. 1

The San Juan National Forest invites the public to learn about the Lone Pine Environmental Analysis project during a tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 Meet at either the Dolores Public Lands...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Beetle-killed trees find a market in homes

There’s a silver and blue lining to a massive pine beetle outbreak in the San Juan National Forest in Southwest Colorado. The round-headed and mountain pine beetles have wiped out more than 10,000...

DATE: June 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Increased logging raises risk to drivers on Lone Dome Road

The San Juan National Forest encourages drivers to use caution this summer on Forest Road 504, known as the Lone Dome Road, because of increased logging truck activity. The road is accessed from...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local company may buy Western Excelsior mill site

Aspen Wall Wood is interested in purchasing the remaining assets of the Western Excelsior mill facility in Mancos, officials from both companies announced during a Montezuma County commissioners...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Montrose mill eyes San Juan Forest for timber

Montrose Forest Products has announced it is working on plans to expand its Montrose mill to process ponderosa pine harvested from the San Juan National Forest in Southwest Colorado. The $20...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pine beetle gaining ground in Southwest Colorado

San Juan National Forest officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the destructive impacts of a round-headed pine beetle infestation. The beetle is native to the state but is more...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Prescribed burn planned for Lone Mesa

In an effort to improve deer and elk habitat, and to reduce the buildup of fuels on the ground, Colorado Parks and Wildlife plans to conduct a controlled burn on Lone Mesa State Park in the...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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