FRISCO — The National Park Service wants to keep a close eye on how motorized winter activities are affecting Yellowstone National Park, and the agency want to be in a position to respond if they need to.
Conservation groups say agency has been avoiding detailed studies by approving trail systems under streamlined categorical exclusion permitting process
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — The U.S. Forest Service may finally come to grips with the environmental impacts of snowmobiles under a new legal agreement that will require a full assessment of snowmobile impacts on wildlife, plants and quiet recreation in five California national forests — the Stanislaus, Eldorado, Tahoe, Plumas and Lassen.
CDOW targets snowmobile rental companies with awareness campaign
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Some snowmobilers in Colorado are chasing and harassing moose in the backcountry and then posting videos on social video web sites, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, which is launching an awareness campaign aimed at curbing the practice.
The message is targeting snowmobilers and snowmobile rental companies on the West Slope. Wildlife officers will be contacting snowmobile rental companies and providing them with literature that can be distributed to customers.
Although it is unclear where some of the videos were shot, at least one of them was taken in Grand County. The footage shows an unidentified person on a snowmobile chasing a moose at a high rate of speed. The moose then stops and appears to charge the rider before running away. Although no one was reported to have been injured in this incident, officials are concerned that behavior like this could lead to injuries or death of moose and snowmobilers. Continue reading “Colorado: Snowmobilers harassing moose, posting videos”→
Know the rules before you go, rangers say; info available at forest web sites
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Forest Service continued a crackdown on renegade snowmobilers with a Feb. 28 bust in the Aspen area, where a ranger cited a Denver man for riding his machine in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area.
Rangers recently chased another group of snowmobilers in the Steamboat Springs backcountry and issued tickets.
The Aspen violation resulted in $500 fine and a processing fee of $25. Operating a motor vehicle in a designated wilderness area can result in a fine of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.
Forest Service rangers saw the violator riding his sled in a large meadow in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness area while on a patrol of the Wilderness boundary along Richmond Ridge off the back side of Aspen Mountain. In this particular area, the Wilderness boundary comes within 100 feet of County Road 123. The boundary is signed in this area. Continue reading “Snowmobiler busted for wilderness violation near Aspen”→
Forest Service hopes to re-open main access route to Ptarmigan Pass and Machine Gun Ridge in time for the weekend
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Limited snow in the high country has spurred the U.S. Forest Service to close a popular snowmobile trail at Vail Pass.
The Wilder Gulch winter road, providing access to Ptarmigan Pass and Machine Gun Ridge are temporarily closed as of Jan. 7 to prevent further resource damage in the area, the Forest Service said in a press release.