Legendary

By Ben Lara Editor’s note: This tribute to Brett Beasley was read during a Celebration of Life event held on February 10, 2017. My name is Ben Lara and for the past seven years I had the amazing experience in working with Brett as his immediate supervisor.  Brett started his Forest Service career in 1995 in […]

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A Public Lands Champion, Brett Beasley: 1970-2017

By Mike Rosso On February 4, 2017, U.S. Forest Service employee and Salida resident Brett Beasley, along with a teenaged boy, set out from 11,380-foot-high Uncle Bud’s Hut near Leadville for some backcountry skiing. The weather then turned bad. A fast-moving blizzard blew in and the pair likely became disoriented, resulting in a frigid night […]

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Wild Connections: Mapping Potential Wilderness Areas

By Tyler Grimes Up the East Gulch from its confluence with the Arkansas River, a few miles east of Texas Creek in Fremont County, is Echo Canyon. Further up the gulch, Table Mountain looms to the southwest, past Bull Ridge. Surrounding this mountain, gulch and canyon are 32,000 acres of roadless Bureau of Land Management […]

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Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area

 By Mike Rosso The Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area (BCWSA), near Penrose, is a hidden gem encompassing nearly 27,020 acres. Administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a portion – 13,734 acres – is within an Area of Critical Environmental Concern. As part of the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the BLM […]

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Water Update

by John Orr The National Ski Areas Association Sues the Forest Service Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs was speaking over in Breckenridge a couple of years back and told the group in attendance that “the water ditch is the basis of society.” Colorado law grew from those simple agricultural roots: put the water to […]

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USFS CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING INFO

(LOCAL EXCEPTIONS MAY APPLY TO THE INFORMATION BELOW) CORE CUTTING DATES/GENERAL PERMIT REQUIREMENTS: Core Cutting Dates: December 5-13, 2009 Permits: $10 each. One tree per permit. Limit 5 permits per person. All sales are final. Area Entry Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – For your safety, no entry is allowed before or after these […]

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