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Forest Service to mark centennial all year long

Dennis Webb

The U.S. Forest Service’s birthday isn’t until July 1. But the agency isn’t waiting until then to start celebrating turning 100.The Forest Service is planning an entire year of activities to mark its centennial, and the White River National Forest will join in the festivities.The WRNF, based in Glenwood Springs, is encouraging the public to join it in marking the agency’s century of service. Events, projects and activities tied to the centennial will take place across the WRNF, which stretches from Rifle to Dillon, and Meeker to Aspen.One festivity will take place soon, at the annual Ski Spree celebration at Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs Feb. 5. WRNF spokeswoman Kristi Ponozzo said Smokey Bear will be there, along with a Forest Service representative dressed in an old agency uniform. There will be a birthday cake, and displays talking about the agency’s history.The agency also plans similar events at other ski areas located on Forest Service land, such as Aspen, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain.The Forest Service also will enter a float in the Strawberry Days parade in Glenwood Springs in June, and provide an interpretive booth at Sayre Park.Each WRNF ranger district also is planning some kind of special project tied in to the centennial. The Rifle Ranger District is working on renovating Cayton Cabin, a historic Forest Service outpost south of Silt. The Eagle Ranger District is building an interpretive trail in Yeoman Park south of Eagle, which once had a ranger station and Civilian Conservation Corps camp.”The Forest Service has a lot of history, especially in this area,” Ponozzo said.It helped shape the development of ski areas, and the region’s agricultural economy. The White River National Forest was a timber preserve even before the Forest Service’s creation.”It’s a huge part of the local history,” Ponozzo said. “It’s just something that we want to just bring to everybody’s attention.”One attention-getter is a Forest Service time line on display for the public at the Supervisor’s Office in Glenwood Springs. “It’s a huge time line, and we can’t even put the whole thing up in our office because it’s not big enough,” Ponozzo said.The Forest Service’s national history will be the focus of “The Greatest Good,” a feature-length documentary debuting this week in Washington, D.C. The WRNF is arranging to show the film at local theaters.The agency will announce further WRNF centennial activities as details are finalized.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516dwebb@postindependent.comFind out moreFor more information on the Forest Service’s centennial, visitwww.natlforests.org/centennial.


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