White River National Forest

Environment
9:47 am
Fri October 3, 2014

With Legal Weed, Forest Official Expects More Illegal Grow Sites

A large marijuana grow site was discovered by hunters in September in the White River National Forest. Forest Service workers dismantled the site, and now they're looking for who's responsible.
Credit forestcamping.com

The Forest Supervisor for the White River National Forest says he expects to see more marijuana grow sites on national forest land now that pot is legal in Colorado.

Forest Service officials on Wednesday dismantled a large cultivation site near Ruedi Reservoir. It’s illegal to grow marijuana on federal land and there are strict penalties.

Hunters discovered the latest site that contained more than 2600 mature marijuana plants. That’s $6 million to $8 million worth of pot. Scott Fitzwilliams is Forest Supervisor.

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Environment
4:33 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

White River N.F. Reacts To Controversial Forest Service Proposal

The Forest Service is considering a directive that could limit access for filmmakers and photographers in wilderness areas, like the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing media outlets ask permission before filming or photographing in Wilderness areas. But local forest service officials say little will change on the White River National Forest. 

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Environment
9:29 am
Fri July 18, 2014

50 Years of Wilderness: The State Of Wild Places Today

Forest Service staff hikes through the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness. The area is seeing more visitors, especially at four "hot spots."
Credit United States Forest Service

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.

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Environment
3:16 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Conundrum At Conundrum Hot Springs: Large Crowds Hurting Environment

More than 3000 people visit Conundrum Hot Springs each summer. Forest Service officials are concerned about overuse.
Credit High Country News/hcn.org

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.

Visitors hike from Aspen and Crested Butte to reach the hot springs in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness. The area sees more than 3000 people each summer. Martha Moran with the Forest Service says the numbers are impacting the area’s Wilderness character.

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APR Local News
8:10 am
Thu April 17, 2014

BLM Seeks Comments From Public On 65 Oil, Gas Leases

The contested Thompson Divide area near Carbondale is part of a swath of the White River National Forest that's up for review. The BLM is seeking public comment on how to manage existing oil and gas leases in these places.
Credit savethethompsondivide.org

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.

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