United States Forest Service

416 Fire investigation taking ‘longer than expected,’ Forest Service says

The investigation into the cause of the 416 Fire is taking “longer than expected,” a spokeswoman with the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday. Denise Alonzo, who recently took on the job of...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge orders Forest Service to release Village at Wolf Creek documents

A Freedom of Information Act was filed nearly eight months ago by a coalition of environmental groups to obtain select U.S. Forest Service documents related to the controversial Village at Wolf...

DATE: March 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service grants Village at Wolf Creek road access

After more than 30 years of legal battles and court proceedings, the proposed Village at Wolf Creek has finally obtained the road access it needs to U.S. Highway 160 to start building. But that...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flooding from runoff on 416 Fire a growing concern

It’s time to start thinking about the potential risks of flooding from spring runoff on the 416 Fire burn scar. This winter’s snow has been a welcome sight to drought-stricken Southwest Colorado....

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

As beetle kill spreads, will the drive from Durango to Silverton resemble Wolf Creek Pass?

Beetle kill is spreading farther west into the San Juan Mountains and now dropping down into the corridor between Durango and Silverton, according to a new report from the Colorado State Forest...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Bennet’s drought, forest health provisions signed into law

President Donald Trump signed the farm bill into law this week, officially legalizing hemp and creating programs and funds for drought and forest management. The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can wild bighorns, domestic sheep coexist in Weminuche Wilderness?

For more than six years, the U.S. Forest Service has wrestled with whether to continue to allow domestic sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness, despite the risk it poses to the wild bighorn....

DATE: Dec. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Taxpayers pay half the costs when Durango-Silverton train starts fires

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s coal-burning locomotives have a long history of starting wildfires on public lands, with about half the firefighting costs falling on the taxpayers....

DATE: Dec. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Developers of Village at Wolf Creek take another hit in attempt to reinstate land swap

An appeals court Tuesday dismissed the latest attempt from the would-be developers of the Village at Wolf Creek to throw out a federal judge’s ruling that a land exchange to give the proposed...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

How to hunt for your Christmas tree in the national forest

Your Christmas tree is out there – waiting for you in the forest. A journey on a cold afternoon to find that prize is an annual ritual for many people in Southwest Colorado. The San Juan National...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Six months later, no cause released for 416 Fire

Six months later, and no official cause of the 416 Fire has been announced. Saturday will officially mark six months since June 1, the start of the 416 Fire, which burned 54,000 acres north of...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Alaska land act could determine fate of Village at Wolf Creek

What has been lauded as one of the most important pieces of legislation protecting the environment is now being used to pave the way for a proposed resort atop Wolf Creek Pass in Southwest...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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