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Forest Service OKs Vail Resorts plan to restore Keystone tundra. But expanded terrain’s opening will be delayed.

The U.S. Forest Service is allowing Vail Resorts to continue building a new lift at Keystone after the company submitted a plan to repair tundra damaged by a temporary road that extended beyond permitting boundaries. But the monthlong delay in construction will prevent the resort from opening new terrain in Bergman Bowl by this winter. White […]

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Forest Service halts new Keystone chairlift after resort mistakenly builds road in protected tundra

The U.S. Forest Service has halted construction of a new lift in Keystone after the resort mistakenly built a temporary road in protected alpine tundra. Keystone has Forest Service permission to build a road to the bottom of its new Bergman Bowl chairlift and a temporary road higher in the bowl to access lift towers. […]

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Why the Forest Service did not take all the water rights when it acquired Sweetwater Lake, Colorado’s newest state park

SWEETWATER LAKE — When the U.S. Forest Service acquired Sweetwater Lake in 2021, the agency did not pick up all the water rights associated with the property that is slated for development as Colorado’s newest state park.  The Conservation Fund, which acquired the property in 2020, retained water rights that did not transfer over when […]

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Plan to shutter buildings surrounding Colorado’s Sweetwater Lake has locals wondering if it was better off in private hands

SWEETWATER — “Don’t look up, OK?”  Adrienne Brink is showing off the kitchen of the lodge at Sweetwater Lake Resort. For nearly 40 years she has used the lakeside log cabin with cinder block additions as a headquarters for AJ Brink outfitters, guiding thousands of hunters and horseback riders into the Flat Tops Wilderness.  She’s […]

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White River forest chief sticks with controversial route for road to future mansions despite wildfire, wildlife concerns

White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams is sticking with his earlier decision on a road climbing from the Eagle River to a parcel of private property above Edwards where developers envision a community of luxury homes.  The developers of Berlaimont Estates wanted a straighter road through Forest Service land that reached the middle of […]

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U.S. Forest Service rethinks road through public lands to ritzy Vail Valley development

The proposed road through public land weaves up the mountain to thickets of aspens where Florida developers want to build trophy homes.  The bureaucratic path to approval, more than a decade in the making, is even more serpentine, as a chorus of wildlife advocates and conservationists fight the plan. “It’s quite obvious that most people, […]

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Forest Service OKs access road to Eagle County community surrounded by public land. But not the one developers wanted.

EDWARDS — The path up from the interstate is steep and muddy. In the winter, it’s closed to all visitors so elk and deer can hunker unbothered. At the end of the path lies an oasis where Florida investors Petr Lukes and Jana Sobotova want to build a luxury community. The developers have spent the […]

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U.S. Forest Service to temporarily close public lands in five Colorado counties because of fire conditions

The U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday will temporarily close lands in five Front Range-area counties because of extreme fire conditions in Colorado and blazes that continue to rage across the state. The agency said access to lands inside three districts of Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests will be limited in Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, […]

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The Grizzly Creek fire is threatening the Colorado River and water for the entire West

EAGLE — White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams was driving home from vacation on Aug. 10 when he glanced up and saw the plumes billowing out of Glenwood Canyon and knew a historic wildfire was coming. It wasn’t just that the flames licking up the craggy canyon walls were threatening homes, a railroad, a […]