White River National Forest http://aspenpublicradio.org en 50 Years of Wilderness: The State Of Wild Places Today http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/50-years-wilderness-state-wild-places-today <p></p><p>This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the challenges facing wild places today are different than they were in 1964. Some say it’s increasingly difficult to keep these areas wild and to get protection for new wilderness. The White River National Forest manages eight wilderness areas, including the popular Maroon Bells/Snowmass region near Aspen. In part two of our series, Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen examines the challenges facing the wilderness in our backyard.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:29:52 +0000 Marci Krivonen 21749 at http://aspenpublicradio.org 50 Years of Wilderness: The State Of Wild Places Today Conundrum At Conundrum Hot Springs: Large Crowds Hurting Environment http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/conundrum-conundrum-hot-springs-large-crowds-hurting-environment <p></p><p>White River National Forest officials are concerned about overuse at Conundrum Hot Springs, outside Aspen. Forest Service staffers recently pulled more than 35 pounds of trash from the popular recreation area and the number of visitors continues to grow.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:16:59 +0000 Marci Krivonen 21235 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Conundrum At Conundrum Hot Springs: Large Crowds Hurting Environment BLM Seeks Comments From Public On 65 Oil, Gas Leases http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/blm-seeks-comments-public-65-oil-gas-leases <p></p><p>The public is getting a chance this week to comment on what happens to existing oil and gas leases in Garfield, Pitkin and Mesa Counties. Sixty-five leases within the White River National Forest are up for review. Just eight of them hold active infrastructure, like gas wells. The Bureau of Land Management handles the leases and is soliciting feedback on what do with them.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:10:40 +0000 Marci Krivonen 17156 at http://aspenpublicradio.org BLM Seeks Comments From Public On 65 Oil, Gas Leases Mountain Edition - February 27th, 2014 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/mountain-edition-february-27th-2014 <p>For Aspen athletes who competed in the Winter Olympics, their season isn’t over yet. Cross country ski sprinter Simi Hamilton says he has several races left.</p><p>Weeds are growing more abundantly on the White River National Forest as the agency grapples with budget cuts and fewer staff.</p><p>A Colorado Forest Service report shows the state’s forests continue to be hammered by insects and disease, especially at high altitudes.</p><p>Most skiers probably don’t realize Aspen Mountain is full of holes...from a history of mining. We’ll take you on a wintry history tour.</p><p>Finally, a group of “legally blind” skiers takes to the slopes at Snowmass. For these teenagers, the activity is empowering.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:27:22 +0000 Rob St. Mary & Marci Krivonen 14898 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Mountain Edition - February 27th, 2014 Less Funding for Weed Management on White River National Forest http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/less-funding-weed-management-white-river-national-forest <p></p><p>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.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:57:04 +0000 Marci Krivonen 14474 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Less Funding for Weed Management on White River National Forest