Outside Briefs, Aug. 6, 2016

Smokey Bear’s birthday party is Aug. 13

Smokey Bear is turning a 70 years old and there will be a celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the Grand Mesa Visitor Center.

There be a variety of activities, including a wildlife trivia game, a puppet show at 2 p.m., food and photo opportunities with Smokey.

Smokey is an American icon, but he’s only uttered five words in his life: “Only you can prevent wildfires.”

Smokey’s message has been reminding people, young and old, for generations, that they can play a role in saving forests.

“Forest fires are nothing new in this country,” said Thomas Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service in the Department of Agriculture. “Even back in the 1930s and 1940s, we actually had more forest fires in the landscape than we do today.”

Call 970-856-4153 for more information.

Navigation and Orienteering 101 class, taught by former Marine, is Aug. 24


Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering anyone that enjoys excursions into the backcountry a chance to learn one of the most important skills an outdoor enthusiast should master: how to find your way in the wilderness.

The free, one-night only “Navigation and Orienteering 101” will take place at 6 p.m. on Aug. 24, at CPW’s Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction.

The seminar is taught by Hunter Outreach Program volunteer and expert navigator, Leonard Pisciotta, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps where he taught the country’s best the art of orienteering and navigation.

Through classroom instruction and practical application, students will become familiar with USGS topographical maps, a standard magnetic compass, learn basic navigation skills, and which basic safety items to have in your pack.

Registration is required, so go to http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/85091 to reserve a spot.

For more information, visit cpw.state.co.us.

Anglers asked to help salvage fish
at Big Eggleston Lake on Grand Mesa


Colorado Parks and Wildlife authorized an emergency fish salvage at Big Eggleston Lake on Grand Mesa that started Saturday. The lake is being drained so repairs can be made to a dam outlet structure.

The salvage order removes all size, possession and bag limits for all species of fish. Anglers are encouraged to harvest all the fish they can. Anglers must possess a 2016 Colorado fishing license and can use only legal methods of take.

Big Eggleston Lake is located about 23 miles northeast of Delta. The lake contains trout.

“As the lake is drained, the fish will die, so we want anglers to go up there and use the resource,” said John Alves, senior aquatic biologist for CPW’s southwest region.      

The repairs, being made by the Grand Mesa Water User’s Association, are scheduled to be completed in the fall.

Commission meets in Montrose this week


The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will meet in Montrose on Thursday and Friday. The meetings are slated to begin at
1 p.m. on Thursday and adjourn after noon on Friday.

The meetings will be held at the Holiday Inn Express, at 1391 S. Townsend Ave., in Montrose.

A complete agenda can be found at http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Commission/2016/Aug/Agenda.pdf.

People can also listen to commission meetings through the CPW website.


Kokopelli Classic Trail run is Aug. 27


The Kokopelli Classic trail run is Aug. 27 in Loma.

There are 8- and 16-mile runs. The 16-miler starts at 7 a.m., with an entry fee of $50. The shorter run starts at 7:30 a.m., with an entry fee of $30. Race-day entries are an additional $5.

This race benefits the Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team.

For more information, go to: http://www.mcsargt.com. To register, go to: www. active.com.


CPW awards money to improve angling opportunities


Colorado Parks and Wildlife has awarded $400,000 through its Fishing Is Fun Program to six projects that aim to improve angling opportunities around Colorado, including one near New Castle.

Projects approved for funding will result in greater public access, restoration and construction of fishing piers, access trails, a boat dock, and a fish bypass structure to allow access to spawning habitat.  

For nearly three decades, the Fishing Is Fun Program has provided matching grants for angling improvement projects, by partnering with local governments, angling groups, water conservation districts, land trusts and others. The six projects include more than $525,000 in matching funds.

Fishing Is Fun projects awarded a total of $400,000 in 2016 include:

■ Trout Unlimited: Fish bypass structure on Elk Creek near New Castle ($78,000).

■ Big Thompson Watershed Coalition: American with Disabilities Act fishing pier on the Big Thompson River east of Estes Park ($55,400).

■ City of Longmont: American with Disabilities Act fishing pier and habitat restoration at Button Rock Preserve on St. Vrain River ($84,000).

■ City of Georgetown: Fishing piers on a new trail around Georgetown Lake ($50,200).

■ Grand County: Public access and habitat improvement on the Fraser River near Tabernash ($87,900).

■ Vallecito Marina:
Floating dock extensions on Vallecito Reservoir near Durango ($49,000).


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