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Dillon Ranger District names new district ranger to replace retiring Jan Cutts

The head of the Dillon Ranger District is arguably one of the most powerful people in Summit County, as the Forest Service manages nearly 80 percent of the county’s land.

This January, district ranger Jan Cutts will retire after six years on the Dillon Ranger District and 25 years in the federal agency.

She will be replaced within a week or two, an unheard of turnaround time in the agency, by William Jackson, now a district ranger in the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont.

Jackson earned a natural resource management degree from North Carolina State. As a Peace Corps volunteer, he worked in Honduras for two years and helped promote ecotourism and environmental education.

He then moved to Colorado and attended graduate school at Colorado State University, where he studied natural resource management, recreation and tourism. He spent 15 years in Colorado working for the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service.

Jackson has worked on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands, the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests and the White River National Forest in various capacities, mostly in recreation but also in National Environmental Policy Act issues.

He will relocate with his wife and two daughters.

“My family and I are very excited for this opportunity to return to Colorado and to the White River National Forest. We are looking forward to getting settled into the community and making a positive difference in Summit County,” Jackson said.

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area celebrates 25 years

The public is invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.

The festivities will be Friday, Nov. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Salida SteamPlant Ballroom, courtyard and the nearby Salida boat ramp.

For 25 years CPW has worked together with the BLM and USFS to provide residents and visitors alike with some of the best recreational opportunities found in the country, while continuing to safeguard the significant natural resources of the upper Arkansas River Valley.

“The AHRA partnership has been instrumental in developing the Arkansas River into the gem that it is today,” said John Nahomenuk, BLM’s river manager. “The resources along the river are in better condition today than at any point since the inception of AHRA.”

Family-friendly activities — including gold panning, fly fishing lessons, wildlife and geology touch tables and OHV demonstration rides — will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the SteamPlant and the surrounding area.

Refreshments will be served in the SteamPlant Ballroom at noon, followed by presentations from former Gov. Roy Romer and other state and local officials, including CPW director Bob Broscheid and BLM state director Ruth Welch.

4-H and HC3 offer energy exploration club for kids and teens

Summit County 4-H in partnership with High Country Conservation Center are offering a new 4-H Energy Explorers Club on Wednesdays starting Nov. 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the County Commons in Frisco.

Offered by 4-H Energy Leaders Marty James Johnson and Keith Pershing, the club is open to kids and teens ages 8 to 18 interested in learning about energy, renewable resources, wind, solar, water, electricity and more through hands-on experiential stations during all four classes.

Club members will go on field trips to the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden and the solar garden in Breckenridge.

Enroll in Summit County 4-H today for $40 a year to reserve a spot and RSVP by emailing kkralik@co.summit.co.us or calling (970) 668-4142.

Please send environment news to reporter Alli Langley at alangley@summitdaily.com.

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