Forest Service

6:00am

Fri April 18, 2014
APR Local News

Glenwood Conference: Fire Officials Look At "True Costs" Of Wildfire

The West Fork Fire Complex burned over 100,000 acres near Creede, Colorado last summer. The wildfire didn't burn homes but drove away tourism business.
Credit KSUT.org

The story of wildfire in the west is increasingly bleak. Fires are bigger, the wildfire season’s longer, and homes are increasingly built on lands at risk to fire. That’s the situation surrounding a wildfire conference in Glenwood Springs this week. Firefighters, elected officials and government workers met to try and find solutions. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, one idea is to expand biomass production.

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4:57pm

Tue February 18, 2014
APR Local News

Less Funding for Weed Management on White River National Forest

The White River National Forest is working with less in its weed management program. Fewer workers and less management have been the result of previous cuts.
Credit Phil Nyland/White River National Forest

Officials at the White River National Forest are anticipating significant cuts to their noxious weed management program. Funding to fight invasive species on the Forest has declined in recent years and it’s beginning to impact the land. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The White River National Forest is expecting a 15 to 25 percent cut in the program that includes the management of rangeland and noxious weeds. Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams will get a final budget later this spring.

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6:00am

Thu January 9, 2014
White River National Forest

Plan Looks at Future Oil, Gas Development on White River National Forest

The White River National Forests hopes to release a final oil and gas plan in late spring/early summer. The plan focuses on future leasing on the Forest.
Credit allvail.com

The White River National Forest is working toward the final stages of updating its oil and gas plan. The document sets out rules for the energy industry, like where and when they can operate on the Forest. And, it could impact what happens in the Thompson Divide. The agency is updating the old plan partly because oil and gas operations have advanced in the area. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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1:10pm

Fri October 25, 2013
Environment

Crews Chip Away at Large-Scale Wildlife Improvement Project

A large-scale wildlife habitat improvement project continues in the Roaring Fork Valley. So far, crews have tackled 3000 acres.
Credit mape_s/Flickr/Creative Commons

The Forest Service is chipping away at plans to improve habitat on 10’s of thousands of acres in the Roaring Fork Valley. The large-scale project includes thinning overgrown vegetation in areas like the Frying Pan and Crystal River Valleys. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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5:27pm

Tue September 3, 2013
Red Canyon Fire

Red Canyon Firefighting Costs Top $1 Million

In August, firefighters set up tents in a field in Carbondale so they could fight the Red Canyon Fire.
Marci Krivonen

Once again, this summer, the Western United States saw plenty of forest fires. Many of them, like California’s Rim Fire, continue to burn. When the flames are extinguished, the dollar signs emerge. States handle fire suppression costs differently. In Colorado, it depends on what kind of land is burning and how big the blaze is.

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