The U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest, Leadville Ranger District and partners invite the public to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery in Lake County on Saturday, Sept. 6.
The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and registration begins at 9 a.m. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, backcountry cooking demonstrations, presentations about wilderness etiquette and two “Walk for Wilderness” hikes (a 1-mile hike along the Nature Trail loop and a 2.5-mile Rock Creek Loop).
“Wilderness benefits everyone, whether you simply appreciate the existence of areas where the earth and its community of life are not controlled by humans, or enjoy experiencing it firsthand,” said Michelle Mueggler, Leadville Ranger District recreation planner.
The Leadville National Fish Hatchery is on Highway 300 near the Mount Massive Wilderness Area. For more information or to volunteer, contact Michelle Mueggler at (719) 486-0749.
GET YOUR RADON ON
Colorado students have until Oct. 31 to put their creativity to work promoting awareness of indoor radon risks and radon testing by participating in the 2015 National Radon Poster Contest.
Kids ages 9 to 14 are eligible to submit entries, which the state’s Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division will judge. Winners will be awarded $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. Teachers of those students will each receive $100.
The top three Colorado posters will be entered in the national contest and could earn up to $1,000. The winning posters will be reproduced and distributed nationally to promote radon awareness.
The contest is coordinated by the state Department of Public Health and Environment’s Radon Program in partnership with Kansas State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
More information is available at coloradoradon.info or by calling Colorado’s Radon Hotline at 1 (800) 846-3986. For additional contest information, contact Chrystine Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM POND TO PARK
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday it will partner with communities, corporations and nonprofits in Denver and five other cities to help restore the natural environment and boost opportunities for residents to connect with nature.
Working with the community and partners including Environmental Learning for Kids, the service will help turn a degraded detention pond in an under-served Denver neighborhood into a local park that connects to nearby Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge.
The park will offer expanded educational programming for youth and families in Montbello and Commerce City.
“The future of our natural resources depends on their being valued by all Americans. That means connecting with urban communities, where 80 percent of the U.S. population now resides,” said service director Dan Ashe.
Together, the service and partners expect to direct more than $1.7 million to community-led habitat restoration projects and engage thousands of volunteers in its Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships.
Besides Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge, five other national wildlife refuges will be involved: Hopper Mountain Refuge in Ventura, California; Bayou Sauvage Refuge in New Orleans, Louisiana; John Heinz Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Wallkill River Refuge in Sussex, New Jersey; and Santa Ana Refuge in Alamo, Texas.
BOYD PONDS CLOSES TO PUBLIC
The Boyd Ponds State Wildlife Area east of Greeley in Morgan County will close permanently Aug. 29.
Parks and Wildlife sold the property to a private entity. Boyd Ponds, a 176-acre wildlife area, was available as a day-use hunting and fishing site for years. However, due to continued development in the area, it outlived its designation as wildlife habitat.
The property will close to all public access, including hunting and angling, as it reverts to private property. All private property laws regarding trespass and access will apply.
Parks and Wildlife encourages hunters looking for a new location to check out nearby Jean K. Tool, Brush or Centennial State Wildlife Areas.
For questions, call the Brush Wildlife Service Center at (970) 842-6300.