South portion of Forest Road 100 temporarily closed to vehicles
The southern portion of Forest Road 100 — Buffalo Park Road — in Grand County will be temporarily closed to all motor vehicles, including snowmobiles, during the next few months due to ongoing logging operations and associated snow plowing.
The affected portion of the 100 Road is administered by the Routt National Forest, approximately 20 miles east of Toponas, 10 miles northeast of Kremmling, and between State Highway 134 to the south and U.S. Highway 40 to the north.
The closure is 24 hours per day and seven days a week through the end of February 2018. Should operations be completed before that date, the closure will be lifted at that time.
The closure will primarily affect snowmobile traffic on what is regularly part of a groomed snowmobile trail (1A) that runs north/south along the 100 Road. A winter parking trailhead, located on the 100 Road just south of the closure, will remain open, and alternate snowmobile access to Buffalo Park can be gained utilizing Forest Road 101 and heading north past Red Dirt Reservoir.
Colorado Timber Resources out of Parshall, is conducting logging operations for the Buffalo Park Salvage Timber Sale. Plowing and hauling will occur from the intersection of the 100 Road and Forest Road 131 (south end of Buffalo Park) to the intersection of the 100 Road and Forest Road 101, which is approximately 0.1 miles north of the winter parking trailhead.
Plowing from the 100/101 intersection south to Highway 134 by the county will continue as is typical. Log hauling and plowing will also occur on Forest Road 580 off Forest Road 131.
Loaded timber trucks and plows will be traveling south down the 100 Road/County Road 19 from Buffalo Park to Highway 134. The U.S. Forest Service cautions the public to anticipate logging trucks when traveling north from Highway 134 along the portion of the 100 Road that remains open. When trucks are encountered, visitors are advised to use caution and slow down.
Winter recreationists are asked to avoid the timber harvesting areas, located to the northeast of Buffalo Park, and north of the closed gate on the 580 Road, to avoid unsafe conditions that might result when encountering timber harvesting operations.
Ample signage and barricades will be in place to help remind forest users to use caution and to adhere to the closure.
City of Steamboat Springs to offer free Christmas tree recycling
The gift of giving continues this holiday season as residents recycle their Christmas trees with the city of Steamboat Springs and the trees live on as mulch for city parks and homeowners.
People can safely dispose of their natural Christmas trees starting Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Jan. 31, 2018, by dropping them off in the northwest corner of the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot. Drop-off is available seven days a week from sunrise to sunset and all tinsel, ornaments, lights and nails must be removed, and wreaths are not accepted.
The mulch will be provided to residents on a first-come, first-serve basis in the spring as well as be used in city parks during the coming year.
National Forests offer program for 4th-graders
The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland are participating in the Every Kid in a Park Program, which allows fourth-graders and their families to visit day-use areas free of charge.
To obtain a pass, current fourth-graders can visit everykidinapark.gov. The pass is valid for a full calendar year starting Sept. 1 and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults or an entire car for drive-in parks.
Those who sign up for a pass online can print it out and exchange it for a more durable pass at the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District at 925 Weiss Dr. in Steamboat; Parks Ranger District at 100 Main St. in Walden or the Yampa Ranger District at 300 Roselawn Ave. in Yampa.
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