Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, may not fly in areas of National Forest System lands that have Temporary Flight Restrictions in place, such as wildfires, without prior approval from the U.S. Forest Service. For more information, visit the Know Before You Fly website.
"Snow Dodgers" becoming Junior Snow Rangers
Sixty 8-10 year old Ski School students, also known as the Snow Dodgers, made great progress towards earning their Junior Snow Ranger certification. They were busy scientists learning about snowflakes and monitoring snow temperatures and studying snowpack. The kids were amazed when Bo, the avalanche dog found them hiding in a snow cave. This program is a very successful partnership between Loveland Ski Area and the Clear Creek Ranger District on the Arapaho National Forest. This program encourages youth to develop a life-long love of the outdoors. The skiers will return on February 20 to complete their certification and receive their Junior Snow Ranger card, badge, and bandana.
February is African American History Month
Since the early 1500s African-Americans have made many significant contributions to land management. Of these contributions three stand out:
Buffalo soldiers - The Cheyenne Indians called these black regiments "Buffalo Soldiers" because of their dark skin, curly hair, and fierce fighting spirit.
Civilian Conservation Corps - Between 1933 and 1942, nearly 200,000 young African Americans in 143 camps participated in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) , one of Roosevelt’s most successful New Deal agencies.
Triple Nickles - During World War II, a time when segregation was still a part of everyday life, a group of 17 brave men took the plunge to serve their country and become the first all African-American paratrooper unit known as the Triple Nickles.
Know Before You Go - Check out avalanche conditions
An unprecedented, landscape-scale conservation effort across the western United States has significantly reduced threats to the greater sage-grouse across 90 percent of the species’ breeding habitat and enabled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to conclude that the charismatic rangeland bird does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This collaborative, science-based greater sage-grouse strategy is the largest land conservation effort in U.S. history. The FWS reached this determination after evaluating the bird’s population status, along with the collective efforts by the BLM and U.S. Forest Service, state agencies, private landowners and other partners to conserve its habitat.