New regulations for overnight visitors to Aspen area wilderness
The White River National Forest is reminding overnight visitors in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness that new regulations are in place that will affect their stay.
Overnight visitors are required to store all food, garbage and other attractants in certified bear resistant containers, according to the Forest Service. Overnight visitors must possess and appropriately use containers that are approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (www.igbconline.org/images/pdf/150911_Certified_Products_List.pdf.)
All bear attractants should be securely stored in a certified container, placed on the ground greater than 100 feet from all trails and camps when not actively being transported, prepared or consumed.
The purpose of this order addition is to provide wild refuge for bears, protect human safety and property while minimizing the need for emergency management intervention. Frequent bear-human incidents in recent years have resulted in a human habituated black bear population that is adept at retrieving food stored in the traditional hanging method.
“The new requirements help ensure the continued protection of the Wilderness area and the protection of forest visitors,” said Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer. “Public Safety is a priority, and the requirement for certified bear containers mitigates undesirable bear-human contacts.”
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Campfires are now prohibited above 10,800 feet in elevation and within a quarter-mile of Crater Lake. The purpose of this order is to address impacts related to firewood collection in sensitive tree-line forest stands.
For more information on Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Regulations see “Special Areas” at http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recarea/?recid=81118 or contact Martha Moran or Andrew Larson at 970-404-3149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Somewhat vanilla on the outside, relying on a heavy dose of the power run, the Basalt High School football team’s offense has always had its share of wrinkles under coach Carl Frerichs. The latest involves the twitchy arm of junior Kade Schneider, who is in his first season as the Longhorns’ QB1.