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Visitors must be mindful of seasonal closures on Forest Service Road 310 in Avalanche Creek. Restrictions to both humans and dogs are in effect.Since 1993, the White River National Forest has enacted winter closures at Avalanche Creek to protect bighorn sheep. From Nov. 15 to May 1, the road is closed to vehicles at the road gate. People, traffic and dogs can disturb sheep that are resting to conserve energy, or feeding to maintain body condition.Violating the rules can result in fines and a court appearance.For more information, contact Phil Nyland at 963-2266.Snow Riders Club Sunlight Mountain Resort will be offering ski and snowboard lessons for youth ages 7-14 beginning Saturday, Jan. 6. Registration forms for the Snow Riders Club are available at the Carbondale Recreation Department. For information on van transportation from Carbondale, please call 704-4115.Roaring Fork Audubon Christmas Bird CountRoaring Fork Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count will be held Saturday, Dec. 16. Each December, birders spread out around Carbondale and Glenwood Springs to record total bird numbers found in the field. The day ends with a potluck supper and a tally of the day’s results.The Aspen Christmas Count follows Sunday, Dec. 17. Participants need binoculars, warm clothes, snacks and drinks. Contact Dave Clark at 963-3479 or clark@sopris.net, Linda Vidal at 704-9950 or birder@sopris.net, or Tom McConnell at 379-7356 or immac@rof.net.Deer management meetingThe Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is taking public comments regarding revisions to management plans for deer in the Rifle Creek area. These management plans, called Data Analysis Unit (DAU) plans, contain population objectives and set goals for male-female ratios within populations.Rifle Creek is encompassed by game management unit 33, the deer unit under consideration. GMU 33 covers the area northeast of Rifle, north of I-70, west of Canyon Creek and south of the White River-Colorado River divide. The public is invited to comment in person on Dec. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Silt Firehouse (611 Main St.). Members of the public who are unable to attend the public meeting can submit written comments to: Colorado Division of Wildlife, Attention Stephanie Duckett, 711 Independent Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81505. Written comments should be submitted to the DOW by Jan. 15. DAU plans are based on wildlife management principles and public input. Plans are revised approximately every 10 years. For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.


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