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Flights Scheduled To Monitor Elk Population

Over the next five months, weather conditions permitting, fixed wing and helicopter flights will occur over Rocky Mountain National Park. These flights will assist with the survey procedures to estimate elk populations in the park. Park staff anticipate no more than three days of flights per month. The flights will not occur on weekends or on holidays. Both a fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter, flying at ...

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RMNP Announces Winter Pile Burning Operations

Fire managers from Rocky Mountain National Park plan to take advantage of the upcoming 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 a wildfire. In addition, park crews h ...

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National Park Service Distributes Federal Funding To Local Fire Depts.

Rocky Mountain National Park staff distributed $27,544 in 2008, to assist four local volunteer fire departments. Allenspark Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) received $9,700, Estes Park VFD received $9,028, Glen Haven VFD received $5,000, and Grand Lake VFD was awarded $3,816 in funding. Since 2001, Rocky Mountain National Park staff have distributed over $198,000 in grant funding to local volunteer fire depa ...

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Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation Update

Mountain Pine Beetle infestation in pine trees in the Estes Valley has been nominal this past season, though a number of trees were attacked and killed. Our thanks to the Town Board for providing the air curtain to dispose of beetle-infested logs from Estes Valley residents. Officials from Rocky Mountain National Park have revealed that their preventive spraying of about 5,000 pine trees around the eastern ...

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8th Annual Lumpy Trails Day At Lumpy Ridge In RMNP

The Central Rockies Section of the AAC will be hosting a trail improvement day at Lumpy Ridge in Estes Park, Colorado.  This project is in conjunction with the Access Fund ‘Adopt-A-Crag’ program. A full day is scheduled on Sunday, October 19th. Interested persons should register early by emailing event organizer Greg Sievers at gsievers57@cs.com, or calling 970-586-4075. Only those registered will receive a ...

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Firewood Collection Permits Available From Rocky

Permits are available to collect firewood generated from hazard tree removals within Rocky Mountain National Park beginning October 1 through October 19. A $40 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged for removing up to two cords of firewood. Initially up to 50 permits will be issued. Additional permits may be issued depending on the amount of firewood remaining. ...

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Fatality Near Taylor Glacier In RMNP

A forty year old man from Boulder was killed in a skiing accident on Taylor Glacier in Rocky Mountain National Park, on Tuesday, September 30. The man was skiing alone. Friends contacted the park Tuesday night and reported him overdue. Friends discovered his body on the morning of October 1. Rangers arrived on scene soon after. The man died of massive trauma. His name will not be released until Thursday at ...

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Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Fall Prescribed Burning

Fire managers from Rocky Mountain National Park are preparing to take advantage of favorable weather conditions to conduct prescribed burning in an area south of Trail Ridge Road.  Managers will burn multiple segments totaling up to 200-900 acres.  The primary goal of the project is to reduce the threat of wildland fire to adjacent communities and park infrastructure by using prescribed fire to reduce the f ...

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