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LOCAL CONTROLLED BURNS CONSIDERED
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Two U.S. Forest Service public meetings to discuss the $1.8 billion National Fire Plan and fuel reductions on public land in Routt County will be held this week.

On Tuesday at the Forest Service office in Steamboat Springs, there will be a meeting to discuss the plan and talk about fuel reductions, including controlled burning of 2,732 acres around Steamboat.

At 6 p.m. Thursday at the South Routt Community Center in Oak Creek, officials will discuss the fuel reduction, including controlled burnings on 2,177 acres near Stagecoach, up Morrison Creek.

Work in these areas probably won't start until 2002.



BLAZING A NEW TRAIL COULD LEAD TO JAIL
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Local U.S. Forest Service officials have identified several instances in which snowmobilers have broken the law and rode into wilderness areas.

Violations have been reported in all the local wilderness areas, including Mount Zirkel, Sarvice Creek, and Flat Tops.

It is against the law to snowmobile in wilderness areas, and violations can result in a fine of up to $5,000 or six months in prison.

It is the responsibility of the snowmobiler to know where the wilderness areas are.

"Most places are clearly marked so there should be no question about it," Forest Service spokeswoman Denise Germann said.

Violations can be reported to the Forest Service at 879-1870.



HAVING A SPRING THANKSGIVING?
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Anyone who wants to hunt wild turkeys in the spring needs to apply for the limited spring season by Thursday.

The "2001 Turkey Spring and Fall Seasons" brochure is available from all Division of Wildlife offices and license agents. Those brochures are not mailed to resident applicants; anyone having difficulty obtaining a brochure should contact the DOW at (303) 297-1192. The turkey regulations also are available on the DOW's Web site at www.wildlife.state.co.us.



NEW FISHING AND WILDLIFE DIRECTORY
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS The 2001 Colorado Fishing Season Information and Wildlife Property Directory is available at the Colorado Division of Wildlife office, across U.S. 40 from the Holiday Inn. The 80-page book includes the state's new fishing regulations as well as information about and regulations concerning use of all of Colorado's state wildlife areas.

The regulations also are available on the DOW's Web site at www.wildlife.state.co.us.

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