White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams announced Monday that Karen Schroyer has been selected as the new district ranger for the Aspen/Sopris Ranger districts.
Schroyer is currently acting district ranger in the Salt Lake Ranger District in Utah. She will start her new position on Feb. 10, 2014.
“She has a strong background in recreation management and a proven track record in working collaboratively with communities,” said Fitzwilliams in a press release.
Prior to the last two months, Schroyer has been district ranger on the Dixie National Forest in Panguitch, Utah, since 2011. She has held a variety of recreation management positions with the Forest Service in Utah and in Washington, D.C. over the past 16 years.
She spent 10 years working in the banking industry before she started a career with the Forest Service in 1997. Born in Kansas City, Schroyer has lived in Salt Lake City most of her life and is a graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor’s of science degree in geography.
An avid outdoor enthusiast, Schroyer and her husband, Sam, enjoy skiing, hiking, cycling and traveling the world.
Road opens for Christmas tree cutting
In other Aspen-Sopris Ranger District news, the agency is opening Four Mile Road for access to Christmas tree cutting areas on weekends only.
The White River National Forest travel management plan closes many forest roads, including Four Mile Road beyond Four Mile Park, after Nov. 22. This winter, the gate at Four Mile Park will remain open for Christmas tree cutting on weekends in December.
Motorists are advised to drive cautiously as they may encounter logging trucks from nearby timber removal operations. Conditions associated with winter travel on forest roads may be encountered.
The White River National Forest does not recommend travel on roads that have not been recently plowed.
Personal use Christmas tree tags will be available at ranger district offices of the White River National Forest through Dec. 24. Christmas tree cutting is allowed in most areas on the White River National Forest with the following exceptions: wilderness areas, scenic byways, commercial timber sales, recreation and ski areas, administrative areas and Glenwood Canyon.
Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of any road or trail. Maps showing where Christmas tree cutting is allowed are available at all offices where permits are sold. Permits cost $10 each and may be purchased with cash, check, credit card, or money order. Trees must be less than 15 feet tall from the stump, may not be greater than 6 inches in diameter at the base of the tree, and the stump height should be no greater than 6 inches high.
There is a maximum of five trees per individual. Trees are for personal use only and cannot be resold, according to Forest Service officials. The tags must be attached to the tree prior to cutting and must be left on the tree until it arrives at its final destination.
Summer and winter motor vehicle use maps have been produced for the entire forest, and show forest roads, trails and areas that have been designated for over-snow motor vehicle use. These maps are free and are available at ranger stations or on the forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/whiteriver/recreation.
Motorized users are responsible for obtaining a map to determine where one can drive, ride and recreate.
Call Jon Thompson at the Sopris Ranger District with any questions at (970) 963-2266.