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    Forest Service needs to use chains saws

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    June 5, 2019 | In the recent article detailing the Forest Service and the chain saw exemption (“Forest Service sued over decision to use chain saws in wilderness areas,” May 22), retired Forest Service employee Anne Dal Vera is quoted stating that 10 people with cross-cut saws cut 3,000 trees.

    While certainly possible, the time for this accomplishment was not mentioned, and it is likely that this was accomplished over an entire summer cutting season.

    In 2018, the Pagosa Ranger District trail crews augmented with a Southwest Conservation Corps trail crew and other Forest service partners also cleared 3,000 trees with hand tools.

    Source: Durango Herald • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Rico Trails Alliance kickstarts its summer

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    June 5, 2019 | This Sunday, the Rico Trails Alliance will hold the first of three summer trail work days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Ryman Creek/Salt Creek Trailhead, about 5 miles south of Rico. Training and tools will be provided.

    Source: Telluride Daily Planet • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Wilderness deserves restraint, humility

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    May 19, 2019 | The Forest Service’s recent decision to approve using chain saws to cut out downed trees in wilderness areas might strike some as no big deal.

    But for longtime advocates for the wilderness concept generally, and supporters of the Weminuche and South San Juan wilderness areas specifically, it’s a troubling precedent both for its disregard of the law and the apparent disinterest in the fundamental reason behind wilderness areas.

    Source: Durango Herald • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    BLM to celebrate new trails in the Phil’s World Trail System

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    May 17, 2019 | The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will celebrate the opening of several miles of non-motorized trails and a new trailhead in the Phil’s World Trail System at noon Saturday at the Cash Canyon Trailhead on County Road L.

    To date, two new trailheads and eight miles of trails have been built. Working with partners, volunteers, and youth corps, the BLM plans to build about 12 more miles of non-motorized trails. Phil’s World Trail System is one of the BLM’s top 20 mountain biking trail systems in the U.S. and is part of the Cortez Special Recreation Management Area.

    Source: The Journal Durango • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    New trails ready to ride, hike at Phil’s World

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    May 15, 2019 | Four new nonmotorized trails and a new parking lot have been built at the Phil’s World recreation area east of Cortez.

    The Tres Rios District of the Bureau of Land Management will have an event to introduce the expanded trails at noon Saturday, May 18, at the new parking lot and Cash Canyon trailhead on Road L.

    After the one-hour event, cyclists are invited to join the BLM, Southwest Conservation Corps and volunteers with the Southwest Colorado Cycling Association for a ride or hike on the new Highline and Canal trails.

    Source: Durango Journal • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Collegiate Peaks Chapter turns 50 years old

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    March 1, 2019 | This year, the Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited is joining Colorado Trout Unlimited in celebrating 50 years of protecting Colorado’s cold-water fisheries.

    Founded in 1969, Colorado Trout Unlimited is the state’s leading nonprofit, nonpartisan organization providing a voice for Colorado’s rivers. Founded in 1984, the Collegiate Peaks Chapter is the oldest conservation organization in the Upper Arkansas River Valley.

    Source: The Mountain Mail • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Salida-based central Colorado conservancy named SE region partner of the year

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    April 30, 2019 | The Central Colorado Conservancy, headquartered in Salida, has been honored with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region Partners in the Outdoors Award for 2019. The award was announced at the annual Partners in the Outdoors conference on April 25 in Breckenridge.

    Source: Ark Valley Voice • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Club wins USFS service award

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    April 29, 2019 | Four local organizations were nominated for Forest Service awards: Colorado Mountain Club was awarded the Leadership Award, Southwest Conservation Corps in the Cultural Diversity category, the Colorado Trail Foundation in the Enduring Service category and Central Colorado Mountain Riders in the Citizen Stewardship & Partnerships category.

    Source: The Mountain Mail • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center looks to grow

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    March 13, 2019 | Matt Karkut, the new executive director at Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center in Durango, is looking to strengthen and expand programs and services as well as revamp the organization’s dated website.

    “We are hoping to grow,” Karkut said. “We’ve always been a small organization, and we’d like to increase staff and provide more classes, programs and services for immigrants.”

    Source: Durango Journal • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Recreation in Balance leadership team brings brainpower, technology, shared passion to protection of Ark Valley Recreation

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    April 3, 2019 | The county’s Recreation in Balance (RiB) leadership team gathered at the United States Forest Service (USFS) office in Salida April 2, to discuss the RiB program, a component of the Common Ground program funded by voters last November when ballot issue 1A passed. Cindy Williams, board president of the Central Colorado Conservancy (CCC), facilitated the meeting, which focused on the creation and rollout of the RIMS smartphone application and assessment criteria.

    Source: Ark Valley Voice • Southwest Conservation Corps

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