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Colorado mountain towns host mid-winter ice fishing contests.

Break out the Rod, Reel or Ice Auger: It's Time for Ice Fishing

Granby, CO (PRWEB) December 2, 2009 -- After the last holiday decoration is stored away, the last Christmas cookie has been wolfed down and the last holiday bill (hopefully) paid off, winter settles in. Want to spice things up and try something new? Head to the Colorado Mountains and break out the ice auger.

It's time for ice fishing. Grand County, Colo. - located just 70 miles west of Denver - is home to wide-open spaces, the frontier spirit and world-class and year-round fishing. This winter, it will play host to two major ice fishing contests.

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Flash Floods washout access to BLM's Texas Creek OHV recreation area

Cañon City, CO (Jul 27, 2009) – The BLM is advising off-highway vehicle (OHV) and other recreation users to avoid the Texas Creek recreation area due to washout conditions.   Flash floods from this past weekend’s storm activity washed out County Road 27 just north of the Texas Creek Bridge.  County Road 27 is the only access into the recreation area.  The parking area for the Texas Creek OHV recreation area was also damaged by the flooding but the boat ramp is still accessible.

The Fremont County road department will start work on the road tomorrow.  BLM anticipates flash floods may have caused major damage to trails in the recreation area and will go in as soon as the road is accessible to do an assessment of the area. BLM is asking the public to completely avoid this area at this time.  The public can contact the BLM at 719-269-8500 for the latest update on the Texas Creek recreation area trails during and after normal business hours.

The BLM manages more land - 256 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands. --BLM--

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BLM Colorado Releases 2008 Volunteer Report

DENVER – The 2008 BLM Colorado Volunteer Report is now available online. Last year volunteers contributed 172,354 hours of work – equivalent to 82 people working full time for one year - for the Bureau of Land Management throughout Colorado.

Volunteer work in 2008 was equivalent to nearly $3.4 million of paid labor.  In fact, Colorado has one of the Bureau’s leading volunteer programs in the nation. Last year, nearly 4,000 volunteers worked on public lands throughout the state.

Last month BLM named Ken Emory of Montrose BLM 2008 Volunteer of the Year for Colorado. This annual award recognizes members of the public whose outstanding volunteerism and commitment to public lands help the BLM succeed in its multiple-use mission. Emory volunteered more than 280 hours with BLM.

Generally, volunteer opportunities include: building and maintaining trails, assisting biologists with research, performing office support tasks, maintaining interpretive sites, serving as campground hosts or trail guides, inventorying and identifying plants, re-vegetating wildlife and riparian areas, installing signs and fences, constructing or maintaining facilities, assisting with habitat improvement projects, monitoring watershed studies, and preserving and cataloging cultural artifacts.

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