Outside briefs: Powderhorn sneak peek continues today
Sneak peek at
Powderhorn Mountain Resort continues its preview weekend today for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the early snow before the official opening day.
Powderhorn’s official opening is set for Dec. 15, but thanks to nearly two feet of snow that fell recently, the resort opened this weekend for limited skiing and riding. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and lift tickets are $49. The Flat Top Flyer will be open, but terrain will be limited.
The Ski & Ride Center, rental shop, and Sunset Grill will all be open for the weekend. Call 268-5700 or go online to powderhorn.com.
Aerial seeding set
for area forests
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests will conduct aerial seeding during the week of Dec. 12, depending on weather conditions. Two areas are planned to be seeded using a fixed wing aircraft to help establish native seed species in areas that have received previous mechanical treatments.
The Pine Hill project is located near the junction of National Forest System Roads No. 404 and No. 405 (Uranium Road) on the Uncompahgre Plateau. The Thunder Fuels project is located near National Forest System Road No. 609 (Thunder Road), north of Norwood.
The aerial seeding is a joint effort between The Uncompahgre Plateau Partnership and the Norwood and Grand Valley Ranger Districts.
class offered by
Parks & Wildlife
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a seminar for novices to learn about trapping and calling small-game predators during a Trapping and Predator Calling 101 class.
The seminar will be from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the CPW Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction.
Instructor and Senior Hunt Master Dan Uhrich and CPW staff will provide guidance about a wide variety of topics, including the Harvest Information Program, the variety of predator calls and decoys, day calling versus night calling, camouflage clothing, the variety of live traps and lures that can be legally used in Colorado and other state rules and regulations.
The class is free, but preregistration is required at register-ed.com/events/ view/92196, or 970-255-6100.
Christmas tree cutting permits are available for purchase at Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests office locations.
Cost for each permit is $8 and may be purchased with cash, check or credit card at National Forest office locations. There is a maximum of five permits per person.
Christmas-tree cutting is allowed in most areas on the GMUG National Forests with the following exceptions: Wilderness, scenic pullouts, commercial timber sales areas, recreation and ski areas, campgrounds, trail heads, developed sites and administrative areas and otherwise as detailed in the package provided with your permit. Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of any road or trail.
Trees must be less than 20 feet tall from the stump, may not be greater than 6 inches in diameter at the base of the tree and the stump height should be no greater than 6 inches high. Topping trees is not allowed. Trees are for personal use only.
Tags must be attached to the tree at the cutting location and must be left on the tree until it arrives at its final destination.
taken for grants
Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Habitat Partnership Program is accepting applications for a total of $500,000 in Habitat Improvement Grants, available to fund large-scale habitat projects across Colorado.
Any entity, agency, organization or individual interested can download the application from cpw. state.co.us. Application deadline is Feb. 2, 2017. Up to five applicants will be awarded grants of $100,000 or more.
Created by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and authorized by the state legislature in 1990, the program brings wildlife managers, hunters, landowners and land management agencies together in a cooperative effort to reduce big-game damages to forage and fences. Project proposals for this grant opportunity must be developed to reduce big-game/agricultural conflicts in keeping with the program’s mission.
HPP is funded from a portion of the revenue generated by the sale of big game hunting licenses but also asks for matching funds and labor from project proponents.