Tree seedlings for sale to landowners

Landowners can purchase tree seedlings for the next spring’s planting from the Colorado Forest Service.

The common variety of trees and shrubs used in windbreaks, Christmas trees, reforestation and erosion control are available. Seedlings may either be potted or bare root. The trees can be used only for conservation-type plantings and landowners are urged to plan their plantings before ordering trees.

Order forms are available at the Routt County Extension Office in the Routt County Courthouse, the Soil Conservation Service and the Colorado Forest Service.

Rifle season sees moderate success

Normally the busiest time of year for hunting, opening weekend of the second rifle big-game season last week brought only moderate success.

Wildlife officials had hoped the second rifle season would be as good as last year, which produced a record harvest for elk. But unseasonably warm and dry weather conditions have allowed elk to remain dispersed, making them difficult to track.

Big game have moved into less accessible areas since the first rifle season opened Oct. 13, and there isn’t enough snow to aid hunters in finding the animals in these areas, wildlife managers said.

John Ellenberger, big-game coordinator for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, suggests hunters get away from their cars and heavily trafficked roads and trails and track game in areas of good escape cover for deer and elk.

Improvements to fishery planned

A recent berm construction project at Corn Lake, a 19-acre lake south of Clifton next to the Colorado River, will allow the Colorado Division of Wildlife to improve the warm-water fishery while protecting native endangered fish species that inhabit the river.

The DOW’s nonnative fish-stocking regulations stipulate any body of water in the Colorado River basin that lies below 6,500 feet in elevation and is in the 50-year flood plain of a river that is home to endangered fish cannot be stocked with warm-water fish. The new berm removed Corn Lake from the flood plain by preventing fish in the lake from reaching the river during a flood.

As a result, the DOW can manage the lake as a warm-water fishery, which also will help protect native and endangered fish species that inhabit the Colorado River by reducing the risk that nonnative fish will be able to enter the river.

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