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Protection Of High Value Trees And Hazard Mitigation Projects Continue At Rocky Mountain National Park

Bark beetles continue to be active within Rocky Mountain National Park, impacting large numbers of conifer trees. The park’s priorities for mitigation of the effects of beetles are focused on removing hazard trees and hazard fuels related to the protection of life and property. For several years, Rocky Mountain National Park has had a proactive bark beetle management program. As of fall 2010, bark beetles w ...

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Controlled Burn in RMNP

Rocky Mountain National Park Fire managers are planning to conduct pile burning at Lily Lake and the Moraine Park Maintenance sites. The burns will include one large pile at each site. Ignition of the piles is scheduled to begin on Tuesday March 8th at approximately 9:00 a.m. if weather and smoke dispersal conditions permit. Ignition will continue through Wednesday March 9th and smoke may be visible through ...

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Rocky Mountain National Park Lyceum Series Continues

2011 Lyceum Series "Trying To See The Forest For The Trees: Forest Health In The Rocky Mountains" Saturday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. The Flameless Fire of Pine Beetles? The Ecological Consequences of the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak Is the unprecedented mountain pine beetle outbreak in Rocky Mountain National Park similar to a flameless fire with the potential of achieving similar results of wildfires? No. S ...

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Has It Been Cold Enough To Kill The Pine Beetles?

The low at Bear Lake (elevation 9,475') on the east side of the park Wednesday morning was -29 degrees. The low at Kawuneeche Visitor Center on the west side of the park (elevation 8,720') was -36. Bright blue skiies, no clouds and COLD! That leads to the question we all are anxious to know the answer to...will this cold kill the Pine Beetles? Kyle Patterson Public Information Officer at Rocky Mountain Nati ...

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Rescue Near Longs Peak In RMNP

A long and challenging rescue came to an end at Rocky Mountain National Park Saturday evening around 11:30 p. m. when rescuers brought Rebecca Stubbs out of the backcountry after a serious fall that morning. Stubbs is a 20 year old student from Massachusetts who is attending the University of Colorado in Boulder. Rebecca was in a party of five who left the Longs Peak Trailhead at 4:00 a. m. with the goal of ...

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Rescue Incident at Rocky Mountain National Park

Information Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park At 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon park rangers were notified by cell phone that a 55-year old male from Chicago, Illinois, took a significant tumbling/sliding fall reported to be approximately 900 feet while backcountry skiing near the east face of Flattop Mountain on “The Drift.” He was skiing with two others. Rangers left the Bear Lake Trailhead at approxim ...

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Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Winter Pile Burning Operations

Fire managers at Rocky Mountain National Park plan to take advantage of winter weather conditions to burn piles of slash from several forest thinning and hazard tree mitigation projects. Exclusion of fire for the past century has resulted in unnatural forest conditions in some areas, with significant accumulations of forest fuels and an increased risk of wildfire. Thinning is done to help alleviate these ri ...

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Explore Rocky Mountain National Park During The Winter

For many visitors, winter is their favorite season to enjoy RockyMountain National Park. The park is less visited but still very much open and alive with activity. Beautiful backcountry areas can be reached on snowshoes, skis, and at lower elevations - even with hiking boots! Elk, coyotes, deer, snowshoe hares, and other wildlife remain active through the winter. Their story is told by the tracks left in th ...

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