United States Forest Service

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

Southwest Studies kicks off lectures with Adventure in Crooked Canyons

The Journal The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College kicks off its summer lecture series based on the theme “A Year in the Life of the West” with a presentation from Jack Turner, 1936:...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Public Lands: Spring is a great time to get outside and informed about a threat to public lands

Some Americans are not so lucky. They will never experience the majesty of the American West and the bounty and the beauty of its public lands. These lands and the waters that flow through them...

DATE: May 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Federal judge halts Village at Wolf Creek land swap

In a significant win for opponents of the Village at Wolf Creek, a federal judge on Friday invalidated the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to approve a land exchange that would have essentially...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Tipton pressured to oppose bill on policing public lands

La Plata County commissioners and law enforcement have asked Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, to oppose a bill that would delegate responsibility for policing public lands to local agencies. On...

DATE: March 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

In Wyoming, a cautious public lands victory

On Jan. 20, public lands advocates across Wyoming celebrated a tenuous victory. In a move somewhat overshadowed by inauguration coverage, Wyoming Senate President Eli Bebout killed a proposed...

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

Colorado lawmakers ask Congress to fix wildfire funding

DENVER – The cost of fire suppression nationwide has nine times exceeded $1.5 billion since 2000, including reaching a high of $2.1 billion in 2015.Colorado state legislators expect the costly...

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