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Forest Service looking at permits

The U.S. Forest Service is inviting public comment on four special-use permits in the Routt National Forest that are being considered for review.

The permits allow commercial and nonprofit organizations to provide a service on public land. The permits up for review are: Steamboat Lake Outfitters snowmobile, horse and ATV guide service; Blue Sky West, which provides backcountry ski trips on Buffalo Pass; Steamboat Touring Company, a cross-country and snowshoe tour service on Rabbit Ears Pass; and the Steamboat Hang Gliding Association.

Written comment will be accepted for 45 days and should be sent to District Ranger Kim Vogel, Hahn's Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, 925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs, 80487-9315.

Bonytail recovery program hatched

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has released 7,000 bonytail fish into the Colorado River near Grand Junction in an effort to restore the endangered fish back into its traditional habitat.

It is the first release into the Colorado River in Colorado since the recovery program for four endangered fish of the Colorado River began in 1988.

The 4-inch fish were in excellent condition and were distributed among four backwater pools where they have the greatest chance for survival. This is the first release of what will be a multiyear effort to restore bonytail populations.

An additional 13,000 bonytails were released last month into the Green River in Browns Park north of Maybell. The bonytail is one of four endangered native fish that state and federal efforts are targeting for recovery under the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. The others are the Colorado pikeminnow, humpback chub and razorback sucker.

Oak nominated for national tree

The venerable oak tree was nominated as the national tree in a vote announced Friday by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The redwood placed second, with dogwood, maple and pine rounding out the top five. The foundation started the campaign this year to name a national tree.

''The oak is what people selected,'' said John Rosenow, the foundation's president, at an Arbor Day celebration. ''It has the most species in the United States and it grows throughout the country.''

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