Outside Briefs, April 23, 2016
GMUG seeking members for Advisor Committee
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are seeking additional members to serve on the GMUG Resource Advisor Committee. The Committee’s purpose is to recommend funding projects to federal land managers that will benefit resources on national forest lands.
The 15-member group represents a cross section of county communities, industries, schools, environmentalists and local government.
To be eligible, prospective committee members must reside within the state, preferably within Garfield, Mesa, Montrose and Gunnison counties. The Advisor Committee is especially short on applications from interested citizens in Garfield and Gunnison counties.
Persons who can represent stakeholders in these categories are under-represented: commercial timber, organized labor, non-timber forest products; archaeological/historic interests; county or local elected office; tribal members-Ute Tribe; state elected office or designee; school official or teacher; watershed association officials/members.
Sportsmen’s Roundtable still accepting applications
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications for a two-year membership to the statewide Colorado Sportsmen’s Roundtable. The application period runs through 5 p.m. on May 2.
The Sportsmen’s Roundtable includes 26 people from around the state with interests in hunting, trapping and fishing. The regional Sportsmen’s Caucuses are open to any local hunter or angler and provides a forum for discussing local and statewide issues.
Learn more at cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Roundtable.aspx.
Improvements complete at Dave Wood Trail in Ouray
The Ouray Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, in partnership with the Public Lands Partnership, announced the completion of work to improve the trail and the availability of a new interpretive brochure for the Dave Wood Trail.
Volunteers worked for two days performing trail maintenance work and installing trail markers and signage.
The trail is located on the Uncompahgre Plateau and is accessed off the Dave Wood Road, about 30 minutes from Montrose. The interpretive loop is accessible in spring through the fall. The trail is approximately 1½ miles long on flat terrain and also connects to other longer trails.
The new brochure, designed by Nancy Lamm of the Cobble Creek Hikers, provides interpretive information offering insights into the area’s ecology, history, geology and more.
BLM seeking info on Dominguez-Escalante vandals
The Bureau of Land Management is offering a cash reward for information leading to a conviction of persons responsible for vandalism in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.
On April 17, visitors reported vandalism of the Bridgeport footbridge, which is a popular access point to the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. U.S. Rangers investigating the federal crime are not sure when the vandalism occurred. The BLM is offering a $500 reward for information leading to a conviction.
“When people vandalize public land, they are damaging property that belongs to the American people.” said Collin Ewing, Dominguez-Escalante NCA manager. “We manage public lands for the benefit of current and future generations and we take that responsibility very seriously.”
The BLM Northwest Colorado District is experiencing an increase in vandalism to public land and property. Individuals with information regarding this federal crime are encouraged to call the BLM Grand Junction Field Office at 970-244-3000.