Posted on August 17, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Wetlands sunrise, Frisco, Colorado.
FRISCO — Our Sunday set is a grab-bag of shots from the last 10 days or so, starting with another spectacular sunrise scene at the Meadow Creek wetlands in Frisco. And since we’ve been on the road reporting for the crowfunded Climate Rangers environmental journalism project, we’re also featuring a few images from outside Summit County. Continue reading
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Posted on August 16, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
A little taste of high country heaven
Trail Ridge Road view.
FRISCO — Dylan and I had a chance to visit Rocky Mountain National Park as part of the crowdfunded Climate Ranger project, meeting with a team of scientists who are monitoring conditions in the park’s alpine tundra as part of the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. The monitoring is part of a global program aimed at trying to track climate-induced changes with long-term data, because we won’t know what climate change is doing unless we study it closely. We’ll do more reporting on this topic in the next few days, but for now, a few pics from the Park. Click on the panos to see the full-size versions. Continue reading
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Posted on June 12, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Airtankers expected to join battle against fires today
A June 11 aerial view of the Big Meadows fire in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
Colorado wildfire map June 2013.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Authorities say they still don’t know the cause of destructive Black Forest Fire, which is still burning uncontained and has destroyed dozens of houses in El Paso County.
The fire has spread across several thousand acres since it started June 11 and more than 2,000 homes are still under evacuation orders. About 150 firefighters are trying to establish defensive lines to protect other at-risk homes in an area that lacks fire hydrants, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Continue reading
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Posted on May 26, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
High-elevation visitor center and store to open next week
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — A series of late-season storms didn’t prevent national park crews from opening Trail Ridge Road right on time this year, although Rocky Mountain National Park rangers say there could be nighttime closures because heavy melting on the road during the day and freezing temperatures at night.
The Alpine Visitor Center and Trail Ridge Store are expected to open sometime next week, according to a release from the park. Trail Ridge Road historically opens on Memorial Day weekend. Last year the road opened early on May 14 after record warmth in March. Continue reading
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Posted on February 19, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The Rocky Mountain Greenway will help connect residents if the Denver metro area with the great outdoors. Map courtesy USFWS.
Open space vision aims to connect cities with wildlife refuges, parks and open space
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — A $1.7 million grant from the federal government will help move the metro Denver area closer to the final vision of the Rocky Mountain Greenway, with uninterrupted trails and open space connecting communities in the region.
“The Rocky Mountain Greenway is a shining example of what happens when strong federal, state, local and private partnerships align to take the vision of this uninterrupted trail and open space network and turn it into a reality for the Denver metropolitan area,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement. “Already we’ve constructed important links in the Greenway, and today’s funding will help complete another critical section to connect Denver’s hundreds of miles of trails.” Continue reading
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Posted on February 18, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Park service taking comment to help shape plan
Multi-use trails could help ease congestion in Rocky Mountain National Park.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Rocky Mountain National Park planners are taking comment on a plan for a multi-use trail system that would extend approximately 15.5 miles from the Fall River Entrance to Sprague Lake, with potential connections to three visitor centers, three campgrounds, and numerous hiker shuttle stops.
The trail update is based on a 2009 feasibility study that looked at the developed eastern portion of the park. The current study will examine the possible options for the multi-use trail alignments and analyze potential environmental impacts.
The new park trail system could connect with trails being developed in the Estes Valley, helping to reduce traffic congestion, and to evaluate multimodal options (including connections to the shuttle system) along the developed corridor of roads on the east side of the park. If constructed, the trail would be located outside designated wilderness. Continue reading
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Posted on December 1, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
The Fern Lake Fire, in Rocky Mountain National Park, burns through tree tops in this Nov. 27 photo by Dennis Geving.
Lake Dillon firefighters respond to call for assistance
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Colorado’s continued snow drought manifested Friday night in Rocky Mountain National Park, where the Fern Lake Fire flared up in an area that’s usually covered with snow this time of year.
Winds of up to 75 mph pushed the fire to the southwest, where a spot fire ignited in the horseshoe of unburned fuel west of the confluence of Spruce and Forest canyons.
The flare-up resulted in new evacuation orders along Highway 66 and all adjacent streets, including the YMCA, High Drive and all adjacent streets, Marys Lake Road up to Moraine Ave. to Marys Lake on the west side. More than 1, 100 contacts made through this original reverse notification. Continue reading
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