Spring Mountains National Recreation Area—More Than a Backyard

It happens throughout the year, an influx of visitors excited to throw off the trappings of the city head to the mountains for fun in the great outdoors. While national forests are wonderful places to recreate and enjoy nature, the pleasure of using these spaces comes with responsibilities shared by all who visit. 

Ely Ranger District Accepting Comments on New & Increased Recreation Fees

The Ely Ranger District is accepting public comments until Jan. 31, 2021 on new and increased recreation fees. The proposed changes will ensure the fees remain comparable to similar public and private campground facilities in the area and will provide consistency throughout the forest. Fees will be utilized to maintain and improve the sites, to ensure that people can continue to use and enjoy these sites into the future. 

Paiute Cutthroat Trout Recovery Effort Continues Despite the Slink Fire

Recovery efforts continued this October when fisheries biologists relocated 44 Paiute cutthroat trout by pack animals from the nearby Corral Valley Creek into Silver King Creek, the fish’s historic home. Both creeks are in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The Slink Fire, which occurred in September 2020, added urgency to the effort. The 26,759-acre fire burned about half of the Corral Valley Creek watershed, potentially threatening the pure Paiute cutthroat trout population. 

Get to Know the Black Mountain Hotshots

The Black Mountain Interagency Hotshot crew works out of the Carson Ranger District and is the only hotshot crew on the 6.3 million acres of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Hotshot crews are the most highly trained and elite form of handcrew, proficient in a broad range of fire suppression tactics with the ability to work in remote areas for long periods of time without logistical support.

MEET BRUTUS: A Blast from the Past

Brutus is a 62-year-old International B-160 Harvester Model 56 Fire Engine who, though since retired from operational service, still has a propensity for supporting the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Going to Great Heights for Fire Prevention

Since 1993, the Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon has been working hard to inspire Americans to prevent wildfires. The Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history, educating generations of Americans about their role in preventing wildfires.


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