Steamboat briefs: Business owners lobby governor about sage grouse |

Steamboat briefs: Business owners lobby governor about sage grouse

A letter signed by 17 Routt County outdoor industry and local small businesses was hand delivered to Governor John Hicklenlooper on Wednesday.

According to Kent Vertrees, co-owner Steamboat Powdercats, the letter calls on the state to carry out meaningful conservation measures to ensure the greater sage grouse is not listed under the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in September.

“We want to make sure that Governor Hicklenlooper knows how important the iconic greater sage grouse is to our local business community in Routt County,” Vertrees said in a news release. “It’s an important part of our Western heritage and our economy. We want to see the bird protected, but we don’t want to see it listed under the Endangered Species Act.”

In a report released by ECONorwest in September, it was estimated visitors to the BLM sagebrush lands in the 11 western states with greater sage grouse habitat spent approximately $623 million within 50 miles of the recreation sites in 2013.

“As a local business community just getting back on our feet after the economic downturn, an endangered species listing would be another blow, and it simply doesn’t need to happen if we can protect and conserve the iconic bird’s habitat now,” Vertrees added.

MainStreet Steamboat seeks manager applicants

MainStreet Steamboat Springs is accepting resumes and cover letters from those interested in the position of program manager. Current manager Tracy Barnett is preparing for retirement, and the MainStreet board of directors is seeking her successor. Information on the position is located on the MainStreet Steamboat Springs website at Resumes will be accepted through March 31. Call 970-846-1800 or email  for more information.

Vintage ski films screen at the Chief Theater Tuesday

The Tread of Pioneer Museum’s Winter Film Series will continue at 6 p.m. Tuesday with the screenings of “Ski Town USA!” and “Ski Trails” at the Chief Theatre. “Ski Town USA!” is a 1958 Universal Studios production, and “Ski Trails” is a color film featuring early skiing and Steamboat Springs scenes produced in 1949 by Bill Johansen. The event is free. Call 970-2214 or email for more information.

State Forest Service is now accepting applications

The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis for more than 40 varieties of low-cost seedling trees and shrubs grown at its Fort Collins nursery, according to a news release. Seedlings ordered now will be distributed statewide next spring.

Coloradans who are interested in conservation goals such as creating natural windbreaks, improving wildlife habitat or reforesting properties impacted by wildfire or floods are eligible to purchase the low-cost seedlings. According to CSFS Nursery manager Josh Stolz, Colorado-grown species are adaptable, hardy and ideal for a variety of conservation uses.

“We’re very excited about our inventory options this year,” Stolz said in the news release. “We have new species, more size options and good quantities to accommodate virtually any conservation need.”   

Through a cooperative effort with Colorado State University Extension offices and county conservation districts throughout the state, approximately 5,000 Coloradans receive CSFS seedling trees each year.

Seedling trees have many uses and benefits, including: wind/snow control to protect roadways and livestock; enhanced wildlife habitat and reforestation; increased property values; energy conservation through reduced utility bills; carbon sequestration; and reduced soil erosion

To purchase seedling trees from the CSFS, landowners must agree to use them for conservation purposes only.

For details visit or call the CSFS Nursery at 970-491-8429.

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