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US Forest Service in Colorado

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  • Maroon Bells

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    The Maroon Bells photographed in 1940. The iconic peaks were protected as part of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in 1964.
    Maroon Bells
  • Trappers Lake

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    Photo of Trappers Lake, White Mountain National Forest, in 1940. The lake was one of the first federally protected wilderness spaces in the United States.
    Trappers Lake
  • San Isabel National Forest
  • Arthur Carhart

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    Arthur Carhart, landscape architect and one of the earliest advocates for wilderness areas, in the San Isabel National Forest in 1920.
    Arthur Carhart
  • Severe Erosion in Pike National Forest



Samuel Dana, Forest and Range Policy: Its Development in the United States (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1956).

Donald B.K. English, Pam Froemke, and Kathleen Hawkos, “Paths More Traveled: Predicting Future Recreation Pressures on America’s National Forests and Grasslands—A Forests on the Edge Report,” FS-1034 (Washington, DC: USDA Forest Service, 2014).

Anthony Godfrey, From Prairies to Peaks: A History of the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service, 1905­–2012 (Denver: USDA Forest Service, 2013).

Harold K. Steen, The U.S. Forest Service: A History (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1976).

Tom Wolf, Arthur Carhart: Wilderness Prophet (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2008).

Additional Information: 

US Forest Service,  “Colorado Recreation Map.”

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US Forest Service, “Rocky Mountain Region.”