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Test Burn To Be Conducted In Beetle Killed Trees

Fire managers from Rocky Mountain National Park are collaborating with Colorado State University researchers to learn more about the impacts of the mountain pine beetle epidemic on fire behavior.  This pilot project will investigate three important issues: the flammability of lodgepole pine crowns, the mechanisms of pine seed dispersal following beetle attack, and survival of beetle larvae following burning ...

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National Park Service Officials Close Trail Ridge Road For The Season

On Thursday, November 6, 2008, Trail Ridge Road officially closed for the season to through travel. Old Fall River Road officially closed for the season on October 20, 2008. Trail Ridge Road, one of the most impressive alpine highways in the United States, is the highest continuous road in America and reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet. The road connects the Estes Park Valley on the east and Grand Lake on ...

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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, 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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