Recreation

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The Rocky Mountain Region manages 17 national forests and seven national grasslands throughout Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, along with most of South Dakota and Wyoming. The region offers many different types of world-class recreational opportunities, year-round.

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Know Before You Go

Recreational Drone - Click on this photo to view tips for responsible use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or “Drones” on National Forest System lands in a new window [Portable Document Format file 183 kilobytes]Know before you fly drones on National Forest 

The US Forest Service is highly interested in new technologies and believes there is potential to use Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to support a host of natural resource management activities, including forest health protection, wildfire suppression, research, recreational impacts, and law enforcement.

The agency has been exploring the potential to use UAS for several years, and it has tested different UAS platforms during wildfires, prescribed fires, and in other natural resource management settings. Individuals and organizations that fly UAS on National Forest System lands must follow FAA guidance – FAA guidance stipulates that UAS not interfere with manned aircraft, be flown within sight of the operator and be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes. For more information regarding flying UAS on National Forest System lands:

The remains of a free-standing wickiup is inspected in Mesa County, Colorado. Click on the photo to view an article on the Forest Service Blog webpage. (Photo courtesy Dominguez Archaeological Research Group)Archaeological Heritage of Colorado’s Ute Tribe Part of National Forests’ History

There are small piles of fallen wooden timbers on national forests in the Rocky Mountain Region that tell a story of the area’s past. They are part of aboriginal wooden structures known as wickiups, a conical-shaped dwelling used by native people. The relics are part of the tribe’s legacy of living on these lands and are a part of the cultural history on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison (GMUG), Rio Grande, San Juan and White River National Forests. Click on the photo to the left to view an interesting blog that describes the history of these wickiups.

Don't Move Firewood! and Learn about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and other Invasive Species!

Don't Move Firewood logo and link to the Don't Move Firewood websiteTree-killing insects and diseases can lurk in firewood. These insects and diseases can't move far on their own, but when people move firewood they can jump hundreds of miles. New infestations destroy our forests, property values, and cost huge sums of money to control. For more information on how invasive species and diseases they can carry can hitch free rides to new areas via firewood, please visit the Don't Move Firewood website.

EAB (Emerald Ash Borer) logo and link to the EAB websiteSince its accidental introduction from Asia, the emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), has killed millions of ash trees in North America. As it continues to spread, it could functionally exterminate ash with devastating economic and ecological impacts. Little was known about EAB when it was first discovered in North America in 2002, but substantial advances in understanding of EAB biology, ecology, and management have occurred since. EAB was first discovered in Colorado during the fall of 2013. For more information on EAB and other potentially devastating Invasive Species, please visit the EAB website

Fallen beetle-kill tree just misses a tent in a campground!  Click on the photo to view the Regional Mountain Pine Beetle Information website.Watch Out! Trees are Still Falling Without Warning!

<>Safety of visitors is the number one concern of the US Forest Service. An effect of the on-going Mountain Pine Beetle infestation throughout our Region is the danger of beetle-killed trees falling, not only in developed campgrounds, but throughout the forests along backcountry hiking trails and roads, as well. On the campground information pages of forests and grasslands, you will find which campgrounds will be closed for the summer, along with those that will have delayed openings or early closings, while hazard trees are removed. For more information regarding campgrounds, visit the Camping Overview webpage. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this situation may cause.

 

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