Public Forums to be held on Wilderness Management Changes

Apr 15, 2013

DURANGO, Co. – Public forums will be held in Durango and Silverton in the coming weeks regarding Required Registration for the Weminuche Wilderness.  In 2014, the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests will begin requiring recreationists to register prior to entering the Wilderness. There will be no fees associated with this program, and it will not impose any limits on use.  At the forums, the Forest Service will explain the program and ask for suggestions on how to make it easy for the public to comply with and the agency to implement.  Forums will be held in four local communities on the following schedule:

  • Creede Community Center                Tue, Apr 16, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Durango Recreation Center               Tue, Apr 23, 5:30 – 7:30  pm                         
  • Silverton Town Hall                             Thu, Apr 25, 5:30 – 7:30 pm  
  • Lake City Coursey Annex                  Wed, May 1, 4 – 6 pm             
  • Pagosa Community Center                Thu, May 2, 5:30 – 7:30  pm
  • Vallecito Community Center              Tue, May 7, 5:30 – 7:30 pm


The San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests will be accepting public feedback until August 31, 2013. The agency welcomes input on how best to implement specific aspects of the new program, such as:

·         What should the registration form look like

·         Where/how should it be made available

·         Required season of use for registration

·         External partners/funding sources

·         How to display registration tags

·         Education techniques/methods

·         Compliance and enforcement strategies

·         How to handle commercial outfitters and guides, institutional and scientific research organizations

·         How to accommodate frequent users, such as those who make short day trips into the Weminuche on a regular basis

Feedback can be offered at the public forums, through letters to the agency, or via an email address offered online on the Weminuche Registration Webpage posted at: under Quick Links.