Posted on April 27, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Policy change enables agency to charge per-person fees
Cyclists cruise the Summit County recpath on Forest Service land during the 2012 Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle, a cycling tour in Lake, Summit, and Eagle Counties based at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Photo courtesy Steve Peterson/Copper Triangle.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The White River National Forest has revamped its fee structure for special events using local bike paths that cross national forest lands. Under the changes, organizers of cycling events like the Copper Triangle will pay a graduated per-person fee ranging from $1 per person, up to $2 per person for larger events.
The new fees, authorized under a local special use amendment, will affect special events using three specific bike paths: Vail Pass, Glenwood Canyon and the recpath system around Dillon Reservoir in Summit County, according to WRNF supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams. (more…)
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Posted on April 7, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Ever wondered about mountain pine beetle genetics? Read Summit Voice.
Water, forests and more …
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — In the age of a global economy and a global environment, nearly all news is local. Case in point is last week’s report from the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General. The IG audited the U.S. Forest Service’s oil and gas drilling program, and found that there is quite a bit of room for improvement when it comes to being prepared for potential spills, and even just keeping track of required inspections.
Since the IG’s office documented a total of almost 200 spills on national forest lands in 2010 and 2011, it’s more than just a hypothetical exercise, and with oil and gas activities expected to ramp up on the White River National Forest, there are implications close to home. Read the story here. (more…)
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Posted on April 5, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
A new report explores the capacity of Summit County’s popular recpaths.
Report says additional events on busy days could affect safety and enjoyment
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — A study by a Durango-based consultant suggests that Summit County’s 55-mile recpath system is nearing capacity on busy summer weekends, especially when casual users share the path with special event participants.
The report also looks at camping, boating and parking at the recreation sites around the reservoir. Read the report here.
The Dillon Dam section of the path alone saw more than 65,000 users in 201o, with more than half of all usage on Saturdays and Sundays, and 70 percent of the usage in June, July and August. In 2010, there were 20 special events on the recpath between mid-July and late August.
“We’re doing all right for now,” said Brad Eckert, with the county’s open space and trails department. The report suggests that more special events could affect the level of service on the recpath. Eckert said data from counters along the path suggest that overall use has been holding steady the past few years, without a clear trend more increased numbers each year. (more…)
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Posted on January 29, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Snow magic in Breckenridge
Colorado lights highlight the shapes of the Breckenridge snow sculptures.
FRISCO — Some years it’s cold and snowy, other years, it’s warm and dry, but either way, the snowsculptures at Breckenridge’s annual competition never fail to amaze — and this year was no exception. Artists from around the world battled near-record warm temperatures as they finalized their creations for the judging Saturday. Here are just a handful of snapshots from the Riverwalk Center. (more…)
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Posted on January 1, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Wild iris blooming in June, 2012.
FRISCO — A few summer scenes in pictures that don’t really need a lot of words. Despite a summer-long drought, we enjoyed some stunning days and escaped the worst of the wildfire season with a strong surge of monsoon moisture in July that also helped spur a decent wildflower season. On top of that, there was a solar eclipse early in the season, along with a lunar eclipse. All in all, not a bad summer! (more…)
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Posted on November 23, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Earn your moonlit turns, and a schnitzel dinner!
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — There’s an old saying among backcountry skiers about earning your turns, and this week (Saturday, Nov. 24), freeheel and alpine touring enthusiasts (along with snowshoers) will have a chance to earn a great meal along with those turns, as Arapahoe Basin’s moonlight dinner series returns. (more…)
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Posted on November 6, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
The Capitol Christmas Tree is coming to Dillon.
Outdoor recreation, forest restoration in the spotlight
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Along with all the election hoopla, Summit County will have a chance to get their first taste of the upcoming holiday season, as the Capitol Christmas Tree makes a two-hour stop in Dillon (Buffalo Street; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
The 75-foot spruce was cut last weekend from the White River National Forest near Meeker and will make an extensive loop through the U.S. before reaching its traditional holiday spot in Washington, D.C. around Thanksgiving.
To track the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, visit www.CapitolChristmasTree2012.com. You can also follow the tree on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CapitolChristmasTree2012, Twitter: www.twitter.com/CapitolTree2012 and Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/capitoltree2012/. (more…)
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Posted on September 29, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Local produce, like these tomatoes from Nancy’s Garden, will be featured at a community harvest dinner benefiting the High Country Conservation Center. Photo by Bob Berwyn.
Frisco event to benefit the High Country Conservation Center
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Summit County will celebrate the growing local and sustainable food movement with a special Oct. 4 harvest dinner at Vinny’s Euro American Restaurant in Frisco.
The feast will benefit the High Country Conservation Center, which has been instrumental in supporting local community gardens and spurring awareness of the importance of locally produced food. The special menu is composed entirely of food grown or raised within a 160-mile radius of Summit County.
These days, most of the food you purchase in the supermarket can travel nearly 2,000 miles before it reaches your plate, sometimes spending days, or even weeks, in warehouses. The harvest dinner ingredients will be picked just a few days before the event. (more…)
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Posted on September 22, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Fall begins with a bang
SUMMIT COUNTY — Frisco’s July 4th fireworks may have been canceled due to the extreme fire danger earlier this summer, but the town helped locals and visitors celebrate the end of summer with a raincheck show. Steady summer monsoons helped ease the fire danger, so the display went off without a hitch. Here’s what it lo0ked like from Summit Voice headquarters.
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Posted on August 16, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Forest Service promotes the arts and the national Christmas tree with Aug. 18 event in Aspen
Colorado landscape painters have the chance to compete for cash prizes this weekend in Aspen.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — For Colorado landscape painters, there’s not much that’s more pleasant than a day spent in fresh air, rendering a stunning Rocky Mountain scene.
Add to that the potential to win a cash prize and to help publicize that this year’s national Christmas tree will come from Colorado, and you have the makings of a great event, with the White River National Forest sponsoring a day-long paint-out session at five scenic spots in the Aspen area.
The Aug. 18 art festival features a total of $4,000 in cash prizes and a chance to win a spot at the prestigious Denver Plein Air Arts Festival. (more…)
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