Help determine future of Rio Grande National Forest

The Rio Grande National Forest has two public meeting scheduled for the week of June 22nd to discuss and gather public input for the Rio Grande National Forest’s plan revision. It would be very helpful if San Luis Valley Trout Unlimited could have chapter members present to represent us. Please plan to attend if you can! The first meeting will be on Monday, June 22, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the South Fork Community Building, 254 CO State Highway 149, South Fork. Participants at this meeting will help to identify current issues and foreseeable trends concerning management of fish, wildlife and rare plants on the RGNF.

The second meeting will be on Tuesday, June 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Conejos Canyon Community Chapel. The chapel is located before mile post 20 on U.S. State Highway 17. Participants at this meeting will help to identify issues and impacts of recreation and its management on the RGNF and surrounding communities.

Both meetings will feature an open house for the first half hour allowing the opportunity to view maps and engage in one-on-one discussion with RGNF staff. A short presentation by forest service staff will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by interactive discussions designed to provide input for the plan revision. Light refreshments will be provided.

The forest plan is the overarching document that guides all management decisions and activities on the entire Rio Grande National Forest, including preservation of cultural and historic resources, grazing, timber production, recreation, wildlife management, firewood cutting and gathering of special forest products.

For more information, visit the RGNF plan revision website at or contact Mike Blakeman at the Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 719-852-5941 or Marcus Selig at or 720.437.0290.