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Colorado: Wildlife officers kill problem bear near Aspen

Wildlife officers have tracked and killed a bear that attacked two campers in the Aspen area.

Two backcountry campers injured in bear attack

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Wildlife officials successfully tracked and killed a bear in the Aspen area that had attacked and injured two campers at separate campsites this past weekend.

The bear was killed about 7 a.m. Sunday morning by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers, with the assistance of a specialist with the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program and employees of the U. S. Forest Service.

Based the location, behavior and description of the black bear given by campers involved in the incidents, wildlife officers are confident that they tracked down the bear responsible for attacking two campers while they slept in their tents at the Maroon Bells – Snowmass wilderness area. The bear bit both victims, causing minor injuries to the leg of one camper at Crater Lakes and substantial injuries to the leg of another camper in the nearby Minnehaha Gulch area. Continue reading

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Forest Service wants input on Aspen ranger station plans

Meeting Information

Arrive anytime between 5 p.m.  and 7 p.m.

Rio Grande Meeting Room

455 Rio Grande Place, Aspen, CO

Call 970-945-3205 for more information

SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Forest Service wants input on the redevelopment of its three-acre parcel in downtown Aspen, surrounded by some of the priciest real estate in the country.

According to the Forest Service, the current  facilities on the site have outlived their useful life. All the buildings on have numerous and severe deferred maintenance and accessibility issues that cannot be easily corrected. Repairs and remodeling of the existing structures is neither an economic or feasible option. The agency estimates the new buildings will use about the same amount of land as the existing facilities.

The desire is for the site to continue to be compatible with the surrounding residential neighborhood and to become a center for interpretation, education and community interaction, according to a press release announcing a March 22 open house on the redevelopment.

“The Forest Service is committed to having a presence in Aspen well into the future,” said White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams. “To this end, we are seeking to develop a site plan and facility design that will provide quality public service, that is readily accessible to the public and that is energy and operationally efficient.” Continue reading

‘Canadian approach’ protects forest around Aspen

Dead and dying lodgepole pines in Frisco, Colorado.

Summit Forest Health Task Force gets update on beetle battle in Aspen; preview of next week’s Forests At Risk symposium

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — An intensive — and expensive — treatment option for protecting lodgepole pines from beetles is showing some promise on a small test plot near Aspen, said For the Forest director John Bennet, speaking Thursday at a luncheon meeting of the Summit forest health task force.

“I’d call it a classic Canadian approach,” Bennett said, describing how groups are trying to preserve some live trees on Smuggler Mountain by removing brood trees and scattering verbenone to try and disrupt the breeding cycle of the pesky bugs that are tearing up huge swaths of Colorado forests. Continue reading

Summit County: Forest health and global warming

Is there a link between global climate change and the pine beetle epidemic?

The Summit Forest Health Task Force is hosting a Feb. 10 luncheon meeting in Frisco.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — You don’t have to be an early-bird to attend this week’s meeting of the Summit County Forest Health Task Force. The group normally meets early Thursday morning, but in a shift from its regular schedule, the task force is hosting a Feb. 10 luncheon meeting featuring John Bennett, executive director of For The Forest, an Aspen-based group that’s presenting a ground-breaking symposium on forest health next week.

The meeting is set for 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Frisco Community Center, 110 Third Avenue South (at Granite) in Frisco. Forest Health roundtable meetings are free and open to the public. Attendees interested in partaking in a complimentary lunch of soup, salad and sandwiches should RSVP to Sandy Briggs at  ForestHealthTF@aol.com or (970) 389-0987. Continue reading

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