U.S. Forest Service


Tue August 7, 2012
Around the Nation

Roosevelt's Badlands Ranch Faces Potential Threat

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:39 pm

In the North Dakota Badlands, plans to build a bridge near Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch have led to protests.
John McChesney

Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch in North Dakota is often called the Walden Pond of the West. But Roosevelt's ranch is now feeling the pressure of an oil boom that is industrializing the local landscape. Critics say a proposed gravel pit and a bridge could destroy the very thing that made such a lasting impression on Roosevelt: the restorative power of wilderness.

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Thu August 2, 2012
Fire Restrictions

Rainfall Prompts Easing of Some Fire Restrictions

A firefighter mops up on ARP land following the High Park Fire
US Forest Service Creative Commons/Flickr

Recent rainfall along the Front Range and central mountains has reduced the fire danger enough that U.S. Forest Service officials are lifting Stage 1 fire restrictions in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and for the Pawnee National Grassland. That includes some of the forests burned by the High Park fire.

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Thu August 2, 2012

Closure Decision Upsets Colorado Cavers

Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome in Greeley Mine, Vermont, March 26, 2009.
Marvin Moriarty USFWS


Mon July 30, 2012

New Study Says Retardant Dropping Air Tankers Out, Water Scooper Planes In

A Canadair CL-415, or 'super scooper' operating out of Dryden, Ontario.
Saleen219 Wikipedia/CreativeCommons

A new study released by the RAND Corporation, a non partisan think tank, says the U.S. Forest Service should move away from retardant dropping heavy air tankers as a primary aerial firefighting tool to more cost effective ‘scooper planes’ that drop water.

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Wed July 25, 2012
Colorado Wildfires

What Does it Take to Rehabilitate the High Park Burn Zone?

The Young Gulch trail and others along Highway 14 are expected to remain closed for restoration work.
Grace Hood KUNC