Gunnison, Colorado, March 20, 2020 – In response to guidance from state health officials and experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Gunnison County Health Department, the Gunnison Ranger District will be closed effective March 20. By closing the Gunnison Ranger District office, the USDA Forest Service is taking necessary measures to safeguard the health of employees and the public, in alignment with the Gunnison County Health Department Public Order. 

“In response to the health emergency facing our community and to do our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19, the Gunnison Ranger District office will closed to walk-in traffic and will not be scheduling in-person meetings until further notice,” said Matt McCombs, Gunnison District Ranger. “District staff have transitioned to a virtual environment and will be working from home to ensure essential services are maintained during this time,” McCombs continued. “Public inquires to the district can be made by calling (970) 641-0471 and leaving a message. The appropriate staff will return calls as soon as possible. Most employees can be reached daily via email throughout the office closure.” 

The health and safety of employees and the nearby communities is always our top priority at the USDA Forest Service. As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19. For the most current and accurate information, contact your local health officials or visit the CDC website at 

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests appreciates your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.