Recently, the innovative and impactful contributions of several Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests' employees during 2018 were recognized.
Personnel from the GMUG National Forests' timber management program along with the Colorado State Forest Service's (CSFS) Montrose Field Office were recognized in the "Delivering Benefits to the Public" category for their Good Neighbor Authority-based partnership which encouraged new ideas and new ways of doing business while welcoming new voices to the table and fostering a learning environment to achieve common goals.
Delta County Commissioners Don Suppes, Mark Roeber and Mike Lane have sent a letter to the United States Forest Service and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest Plan Revision Team stating that Delta County is not in favor of Wild & Scenic eligibility status for stream segments within Delta County.
"All the segments in our county are proposed for 'wild' classification, which is reserved for areas 'free of impoundments and general inaccessible except by trail ... that represent vestiges of primitive America'," the letter stated.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests are seeking hardworking, enthusiastic and outdoor oriented teenagers to participate in the 2019 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. The YCC program provides summer employment for youth while accomplishing various types of conservation work involving trail maintenance, range conservation, vegetation monitoring and other projects.
Fire management officials from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have announced plans to conduct prescribed pile burns during the month of March, pending favorable weather, ground and vegetation conditions.
Human-powered outdoor recreation is a major economic engine on the Grand Mesa, Uncompaghre, and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG). That's the conclusion of a new series of studies commissioned by the Outdoor Alliance and conducted by researchers from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests announces the departure of forest supervisor Scott Armentrout. He departs the GMUG having accepted a position for the Department of Energy in Portland, Ore. His last day of work was Oct. 22.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests is accepting public comment on the Iron Point 3D Seismic Project.
Gunnison Energy LLC (GELLC) has proposed conducting a 3-D seismic survey on approximately 28,000 acres of public lands north of Paonia in Delta and Gunnison counties to determine if there is oil and gas development potential, identify locations for exploratory drilling and locate subsurface features that could impede development of existing oil and gas leases.
Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes have submitted their assessment concerning wilderness in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.
The commissioners noted that Delta County currently encompasses wilderness and wilderness study areas.
Delta, Mesa and Montrose counties have been working together in connection with the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest Plan revision process.
The three counties have each signed a contract with Mountain West of Glenwood Springs which will increase each county's capacity to participate as a cooperating agency with the U.S. Forest Service.
Paul Kimpling, of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests' Paonia Ranger District has been awarded a 2017 Forest Service Volunteers & Service Leadership Award. The agency-wide award program recognizes partners, volunteers and staff for their work in the areas of Citizen Stewardship & Partnerships, Cultural Diversity, Enduring Service, Leadership and Restoration.
Grand Mesa National Forest, which previously was not affected by the fire restrictions in place on the rest of the GMUG, is now under Stage 1 restrictions. The remainder of GMUG is in Stage 2.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests welcome the arrival of Chad Stewart as the new deputy forest supervisor. Stewart reported to the GMUG on May 13, replacing Russ Bacon who left to assume the role of forest supervisor of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.
At the request of the U.S. Forest Service, Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes provided comments on the scoping document under development for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG).
They stated their appreciation for the opportunity to provide comment and said they look forward to working with the GMUG through the entire Forest Plan revision process.
The Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are seeking public comments on Gunnison Energy's North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan preliminary environmental assessment which analyzes oil and gas development about 12 miles northeast of Paonia.
The GMUG forest headquarters is relocating visitor information services to Fort Uncompahgre, due to the upcoming remodel of the forest headquarters in S. Main Street in Delta.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests' initial scoping period for forest plan revision has been extended by 30 days to June 2. The GMUG is currently requesting feedback on the scoping material, which includes three initial elements of the revised Forest Plan:
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests announce the arrival of their new planning and information staff officer, Shane Walker. He joins the GMUG from the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland where he served as the district ranger for the Douglas Ranger District, which under his leadership, was named the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region - 2015 Ranger District of the Year.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests are moving into a new phase of plan development, starting with a formal scoping period. This 30-day comment period, beginning March 30, will seek public input on the first elements of the revised Forest Plan, including: key needs for change; vision and distinctive role and contribution of the GMUG; and proposed management area framework.
Corey Wong, public service staff officer, for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG), recently received the Rocky Mountain Region Randall Karstaedt Lands Achievement Award.
Why are Canada lynx so elusive? Their range stretches across 25 states including Colorado, yet, this intriguing medium-sized wild cat with large, furry feet, is fairly obscure.
Anne Janik, public affairs specialist for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG), recently received the Rocky Mountain Region's Gifford Pinchot Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education Award.
Fire crews from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests conducted five prescribed burns during the months of October and November, successfully treating approximately 3,465 acres of the Uncompahgre National Forest.
During the week of Oct. 16 GMUG fire crews ignited the Rocky Pitch prescribed burn treating approximately 310 acres along the south rim of Unaweep Canyon.
Christmas tree permits are available for purchase at Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) offices for personal use. The cost per permit is $8 and may be purchased with cash, check or credit card.
On Nov. 6, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests published a suite of draft assessments of its wide variety of resources and programs for a 30-day public comment period. A first step in the multi-year Forest Plan Revision process, the draft assessments attempt to snapshot current conditions on the forests and to identify if there is a need for change in management direction.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) is seeking substantive comments from the public on its forest plan revision process.
Substantive comments provide factual information, professional opinion, or informed judgment that is relevant to the action being proposed.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest will begin a series of public open houses in Delta on the Forest Plan revision. At the open houses, the GMUG planning team will share initial assessment work and early ideas about needs for change in the Forest Plan, while inviting the public to contribute its ideas.
This summer, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests is holding public open houses throughout the neighboring communities to invite input for the forest plan revision.
The open houses will be held in the evenings, starting with Delta on July 25, Gunnison on July 27, Ouray on August 1, Grand Junction on Aug. 3, Telluride on Aug. 10, Montrose on Aug. 14, Lake City on Aug. 15, and Saguache on Aug. 17.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests announce the arrival of CorDell Taylor to the GMUG supervisor's office as the forest fire management officer. Taylor will start work during the week of July 23. He replaces Clay Flower who accepted a position with the Job Corps in Washington D.C. in January.
The Delta County commissioners met on Monday with GMUG officials to discuss the forest management plan revision process that the Forest Service announced earlier this month.
Delta County's policy on public lands is one of strong support for the doctrine of multiple use, and commissioners took the opportunity to emphasize that point once again on Monday.
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