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June 17th, 2011

The U.S. Forest Service has placed fire and smoking restrictions on public lands in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests in the following counties: Clear Creek, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Park, Teller, Chaffee, Fremont, Custer, Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas. 

The restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using fires, campfires of stove fires. Campfires are allowed in Forest Service-developed campgrounds and picnic grounds, in the provided fire grates and grills, and gas-fueled stoves, lanterns and heating devices are still allowed.

For more information, go to the Forest Service website,  fs.usda.gov/psicc/

– Deb Acord

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A Good Day for Volunteering

August 4th, 2010

The U.S. Forest Service will sponsor the agency’s Volunteer Day with a project in the San Isabel National Forest near the Spanish Peaks on Aug. 7.

Volunteers will meet at the Dikes Trailhead and spend the day cutting brush, removing fallen trees and clearing drainage dips.  The day starts with a 9:45 a.m. orientation and workers can each stay as long as they want to.  The Dikes Trailhead is south of Cuchara off Highway 12. For more information, contact the U.S. Forest Service in La Veta at 1-719-742-3681.

– Deb Acord

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A New Path to the Forest (Service)

July 2nd, 2010

We all love a simplified website address but the federal government has never really bought into the idea of simple, until now. The U.S. Forest Service – Pike and San Isabel National Forest, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands has launched a new site, and the address is simpler – www.fs.usda.gov/psicc

According to a press release, the Department of Agriculture is working to standardize its agencies’ websites.

The site includes information on recreation, notices, news announcements, permits and more.

– Deb Acord

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Pike and San Isabel National Forest Meeting Tonight

March 6th, 2007

Pikes Peak From Top Of Old Manitou Incline
The local meeting on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests management plan is tonight. This meeting was scheduled because people were turned away from the meeting in Black Forest a month ago. About 50 cars were turned away from that meeting because there wasn’t enough parking. Tonight’s location should be able to handle enough people. The meeting is from 5:30 – 9:00 PM at the DoubleTree – World Arena, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.

Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to make it. If you can’t make it but want to give your opinion, you can use the Need for Change Workshop Individual Worksheet. It says it has to be submitted by March 2nd which has already passed but since they’re having the meeting tonight I’d think you could still send it in.

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New Pike/San Isabel Forest Meeting

February 12th, 2007

After people were turned away from the Pike and San Isabel Forest Management Plan meeting a couple weeks ago, the National Forest promised to schedule another meeting in the Colorado Springs area. They’ve made good on their promise and have scheduled a meeting for March 6th. It will be held from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Doubletree Hotel – World Arena, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.

People Turned Away From Forest Plan Meeting

February 1st, 2007

The meeting about the Management Plan for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests was last night. According to an article on Gazette.com, 214 people got into the meeting but people in at least 50 cars were turned away because of insufficient parking. Forest Supervisor Bob Leaverton has promised that another meeting will be held here so everyone interested can attend. Meetings are still planned in Westcliffe, Pueblo, and Fairplay.

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Trail Access in Pike/San Isabel National Forests

January 29th, 2007

I’ve gotten a few e-mails including ones from IMBA and the Medicine Wheel Email List about the Management Plan for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests being revised. The Pike and San Isabel National Forests cover a huge area along the Front Range and into the central mountains. The area includes epic mountain bike rides like the Monarch Crest Trail, Buffalo Creek, sections of the Colorado and Continental Divide Trails, and numerous trails near Colorado Springs, Salida, Leadville, and Pueblo.

There is a page on the web that gives ways to get your opinion heard. The Forest Service is holding 7 public meetings. Two of them have already taken place. One is scheduled for this Tuesday in Denver and our Colorado Springs meeting is planned for Wednesday night. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend it but hopefully I’ll be able to get some information on what happens there. I know at least one person from Pikes Peak Velo plans to go.

The biggest issue is some people would like to see the whole west and south slope of Pikes Peak, among 10 other places in central Colorado, be designated as Wilderness. I’ve spent plenty of time backpacking in wilderness areas and think they are important but they don’t allow mountain bikes. According to the email on from theMedicine Wheel Email List, the Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition would like to see Wilderness designation and they are planning on attending/commenting in large numbers. If you can’t make any of the meetings, you can send an email to r2_psicc_webmail@fs.fed.us or snail mail comments to

Pike-San Isabel National Forests
Attn: Forest Plan Revision Team
2840 Kachina Drive,
Pueblo, CO 81008


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