Rio Grande National Forest closes Monte Vista headquarters
AFTER nearly a half century in an office west of Monte Vista, the Rio Grande National Forest headquarters closed the doors Friday, Feb. 3, for the last time. Forest headquarters will move to Del Norte later this month, upon the completion of office furniture and data systems installation in the new building.
“This is a bittersweet departure from Monte Vista,” said Dan Dallas, who has been the Rio Grande National Forest supervisor since 2007. “While the moving of our headquarters may seem like the end of an era, the forest remains committed to the community of Monte Vista. We’ll still be here, involved in community events and will engage the community on larger national forest issues.” Dallas pointed out that the RGNF is a member of the steering committee for the Recreation Economies for Rural Communities program in Monte Vista.
Deputy Forest Supervisor Andrew Kelher echoed Dallas’ words and added, “I am grateful for all the hard work and dedication from our employees, the school district and members of the community that led to this uncommon milestone in the Rio Grande National Forest’s journey. We look forward to operating from our new, more efficient building.”
In October 2017, the Del Norte School District approached the RGNF with a unique opportunity to donate the old high school and land. Through work by the school district and Forest Service, this opportunity became reality in September 2020. Major renovations were completed, and RGNF accepted the building from the contractor in late January. Finishing touches will continue into the year as weather and supplies permit.
All public services provided by the RGNF, including firewood permits, transplant, and map sales will only be available at our ranger district offices located in Saguache, Del Norte, and La Jara.
A dedication ceremony and open house are being planned for later this spring.
For information on the Rio Grande National Forest, call (719) 850-2374, visit the forest website, or follow us on our Facebook page or Twitter.