White River National Forest

Hunting season is here and people in orange will head into the woods with guns, starting Saturday, 10/16. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh asked David Boyd, of the White River National Forest, for some backcountry tips.

Horsemanship Still a US Forest Service Tradition

Jun 3, 2021
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In a world where technology promises more efficiency, the US Forest Service still relies on horses and mules for backcountry work. In late May, rangers from the White River National Forest got comfortable with a pack string of horses from Wyoming at the Gus Darien Arena. KDNK’s Halle Zander and Amy Hadden Marsh report.


Hanging Lake Trail Ready to Rock

Apr 30, 2021
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KDNK's Kathleen Shannon and Halle Zander hit the trail for a special sneak peek of the hike before it reopens.

Wilderness Workshop: USFS Should Shelve Aspen Project

Apr 20, 2021
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The US Forest Service has proposed a 375,000-acre aspen forest treatment project for the entire White River National Forest. The project could take up to 180 years to complete. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will Roush of  Wilderness Workshop about the project and the problems.

Marble Navigates ATV Over-Use

Apr 7, 2021
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At Marble’s Town Meeting April 1, the years-long conversation about ATV overuse continued. The Lead King Loop working group gave an update from its members, which represent every level of government involved in the Marble area. Still, not all attendees left the meeting satisfied.


In late February, the Roaring Fork Conservancy hosted a virtual discussion on the Grizzly Creek Wildfire about post-fire watershed response.


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White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams briefs For Land's Sake host Bill Kight on the state of the forest. They touch on the difficulties of 2020, including high numbers of new visitors, the new shuttle system at Maroon Bells, and the Grizzly Creek Fire. They also talk about climate change, leadership, and other foci for the forest this new year.

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At least five fires are burning in Colorado east of the Continental Divide... and the Grizzly Creek Fire continues to smoke. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Kevin Warner, White River National Forest District Ranger for the Aspen/Sopris Ranger District, about conditions in our neck of the woods.

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KDNK's Weekly News Reel takes a look at the week's top local and regional news stories aired on KDNK between Monday and Friday.

Recklessness In National Forest More Dangerous Now

May 13, 2020
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Warm weather and cabin fever is bringing more people outside. White River National Forest rangers reported higher-than-normal use of the forest last weekend, including some potentially dangerous situations. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Forest Public Affairs Officer David Boyd about why the danger is more acute this summer.


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On this month's For Land's Sake, host Bill Kight speaks with old friend Kevin Warner, who started his new job as the head of the Aspen/Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest on December 2nd, 2019.

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 Kevin Warner started his new job as head of the Aspen/Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest on Monday. He began his career in 2001 as a summer intern on the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness Area. He’s worked on national forests in Alaska and Arizona, and for the past four years, in the Glenwood Springs headquarters of the White River National Forest. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with him about his work.  

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The road to Maroon Lake is slowly being cleared of snow after a record number of avalanches last winter. Forest service officials say the area around the popular recreation area will look a little different than last year, when snowfall was at historically-low levels. Mark Duggan reports.

A New Era at Hanging Lake

May 2, 2019
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The popular trail east of Glenwood Springs is now only accessible by permit and shuttle bus from Glenwood Springs. The new reservation system follows years of preparation and research.

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A new reservation system to limit the human impact on the enormously popular lake in Glenwood Canyon begins April 1. The new system puts an end to years of unregulated access and caps daily visitors at 615 year-round.

The Sopris Sun

Sopris Sun editor William Grandbois and reporter Megan Tackett are joined by Kevin Schorzman, director of Carbondale Public Works, and Scott Fitzwilliams, forest supervisor for the White River National Forest, to talk about fires, water restrictions, and drought.

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The White River National Forest has issued a draft decision on the Hanging Lake Management Plan. If approved, visitors will have to make reservations and pay to take the hike. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger Aaron Mayville to get the details. The objection period for the draft plan closes March 31.

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Multiple state, county, and Federal law enforcement agencies began efforts early Thursday to eradicate a 5-acre, illegal marijuana grow site on the White River National Forest about 16 miles south of Carbondale. As result of a months-long investigation, officers found over 2,700 plants, illegal irrigation pipe, camping gear, trash, tarps, chemicals to deter wildlife, and fertilizer. One subject was arrested and is in Federal custody. The US Forest Service stated in a press release that this is the fourth eradication on the White River National Forest since 2013.


The White River National Forest just announced new rules for electric-assisted bicycles or e-bikes on US Forest Service trails. Marcia Gilles, deputy district ranger for the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, recently explained the rules to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh. Click here for WRNF Motor Vehicle Use Maps.