Building structures on National Forest not allowed |

Building structures on National Forest not allowed

Snow lovers are reminded that it’s OK to build small ski and snowboarding jumps from snow, but not OK to cut live trees and use other materials to build snow jumps or any other structures.

The US Forest Service recently encountered people on Rabbit Ears Pass building a 9-foot high jump and cutting down live trees to use as part of the activity. Makeshift warming/imbibing shelters are also not allowed on the National Forest. These are usually made from trees and plastic and often result in litter being left in the forest.

“You can’t build any structure on the national forest unless you have permission from the Forest Service,” said Kent Foster, recreation manager for the Hahn Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District in Steamboat Springs. “This law is for natural resource protection and public safety.” He added that the law also applies to the Steamboat Ski Area on the Routt National Forest. Cutting trees also requires a permit from the forest service.

A citation could result in a court appearance, fines and jail time.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User