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Ranger district interpretive walks and talks for June

By Brandon Caley
Special to The PREVIEW

The Pagosa Ranger District announces programs for the month of June.

Read with a Ranger, Thursday, June 5, 1:30-2:45 p.m. — Join the Forest Service for a summer of nature books and fun activities. Programs take place in the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library meeting room. We will be reading books that are part of the Summer Reading Program, followed by a related activity. Books and activities are geared towards first through third grades.

Fissuring Out the Past, Wednesday, June 11, 9-11 a.m. — Take a pleasant walk and learn about the geology of the Ice Cave Ridge and the surrounding area. Wear walking shoes/boots, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring drinking water. Please leave your four-legged friends at home.

Directions: Meet at the Piedra River Trailhead northwest of Pagosa Springs. From U.S. 160, go north on Piedra Road for approximately 14 miles. The trailhead is on the left a few hundred yards beyond the crossing of the Piedra River.

Get Fired Up!, Friday, June 20, 1:30-2:45 p.m. — Fire prevention is all our responsibility. Please join Jodi Mallozzi, fire prevention technician, for an in-depth discussion about fire’s role in our forest ecosystem and how we can prevent unwanted, human-caused fires. This talk is best suited for ages 14 and over. The location of this talk is at Nick’s Hangar off of Piedra Road.

Look Who’s Talking, Saturday, June 21, 9-11:30 a.m. — Join local researcher Peggy Bergon on this 3-mile hike from the Buckles Lake Trailhead as she shares with you examples of the “tree talk” the sheepherders left while weaving in the story of the early sheep industry in Archuleta County.

Directions: Drive south on U.S. 84 for about 19 miles, turn left on the Buckles Lake Road (Forest Service Road 663) and follow it to the end — about 7 miles. Due to the nature of the walk, it is limited to 12 participants; to reserve a spot, call the Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268.

Walks and talks take place in and around the San Juan National Forest unless otherwise noted in the program description. Programs may be canceled due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Sturdy footwear is recommended for those attending walks and bring plenty of water to drink.

For additional information, please contact the Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268 or stop by and pick up a walks and talks brochure at the front desk. Hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 180 Pagosa St.

This story was posted on June 2, 2014.