United States Forest Service

Congressional committee approves bill to return some rental fees to ski areas

WASHINGTON – A congressional bill moved forward Wednesday that would return at least half the rent paid by ski resorts to the national forests where they operate. Three members of Colorado’s...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 17 hours 38 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Business

Forest Service: Fire investigations take time, patience

For more than a month, investigators have been at work trying to solve the mystery on everyone’s mind: What started the 416 Fire north of Durango that has burned 54,000 acres and counting, forced...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stage set for dangerous wildfire conditions months ago

Jeff Derry knew Southwest Colorado could be in for a dangerous fire season as early as last fall. Derry, executive director of the Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies in Silverton, tracks storms in...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Irongate residents among first to attack 416 Fire

Al Chione loves to watch the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train chug past his house several times a day north of Durango. But as a former volunteer firefighter, he is also keenly aware of the...

DATE: June 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores District burns slash piles near Mancos

The Dolores Ranger District is burning slash piles on about 250 acres north of Mancos this week as part of the cleanup effort after a summer thinning project. District Fire Management Officer Pat...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service announces 900 temporary jobs

The Journal The Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service announced today the availability of over 900 temporary jobs for the 2018 field season throughout national forests and grasslands in...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Forest Service battles against illegal marijuana farms

Surrounded by national forest land, Abby and Jeff Delaney live in a part of Northern California so remote that she and her handful of neighbors have no cellphone service, and some are off the grid....

DATE: Nov. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Zinke’s fire memo calls for aggressive forest thinning

As the West contends with a big wildfire season, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urged his staff to take aggressive action to prevent wildfires. His memo calls on managers to “think differently”...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfires continue to burn in Montezuma, Dolores counties

Three wildfires continue to burn in Montezuma and Dolores counties, but one has been fully contained contained. Patrick Seekins, a fire management officer for the Bureau of Land Management and...

DATE: July 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drones increasingly interfere with aerial firefighting, official says

Drones are an increasing problem at wildfires, and that proved true this week at the Lightner Creek Fire west of Durango. Air operations were grounded around sunset Wednesday because drones made...

DATE: June 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Illegal mountain bike trail in Hermosa destroyed by rangers

Local volunteers helped rangers from the Columbine District of the San Juan National Forest destroy an illegal mountain bike trail southeast of the Hermosa Creek Campground. The rogue path was in...

DATE: June 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: More Sports