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WILDLAND COUNCIL RECOGNIZES WORKER

STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe Wildland Fire Council recognized Forest Service employee Kent Foster last week for his work with fire suppression efforts in Routt County.

The council awarded Foster a plaque for his "Dedication and outstanding contributions to the Wildland Fire Council."

Councilmen said his professional expertise and communication skills in working with Routt County and the Fire Protection Districts promoted a better understanding, cooperation and service to the community regarding wildland fire protection and prevention.

The Wildland Fire Council consists of the Routt County Sheriff's Office, US Forest Service and the Colorado State Forest Service-Steamboat Springs that work together to respond to wildland fires in the county and to provide residents with fire prevention information.

FOREST SERVICE TO CONDUCT MEETING

STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting to collect public comment and inform locals about a proposed plan to possibly burn and thin portions of Routt National Forest around Steamboat Springs.

The Dry Lake Environmental Analysis is a plan that is meant to reduce the risk of wildfire in urban interface portions of the forestland. The meeting is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Forest Service office, west of Steamboat Springs off U.S. 40.

DOW asking for help of hunters

Deer and elk hunters in portions of Middle Park, North Park and the San Luis Valley are being asked to submit the heads of animals they kill during the upcoming rifle seasons so the Colorado Division of Wildlife can test them for chronic wasting disease as part of its ongoing surveillance efforts.

Samples in this area have come up negative, but hunters are still being asked to voluntarily submit the heads as part of the long-term effort to survey animals throughout the state to ensure chronic wasting disease doesn't exist outside of northeastern Colorado.

Chronic wasting disease has existed in a small percent of deer and elk in northeastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming for more than 30 years.

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